Cuts mean less available for Meals on Wheels seniors across NC - WNCT

Cuts mean less available for Meals on Wheels seniors across NC

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

There's less food for house-bound seniors across North Carolina.
     
That's what Meals on Wheels providers said is happening because of mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration.
     
The federal program delivers free meals to seniors who are not healthy enough or financially able to go grocery shopping.
     
The Pitt County Council on Aging has lost nearly $8,000 this year for its home delivery programs, which means they're serving fewer people and can't take on anyone new.

"It is frustrating. It's hard to tell folks that we have a waiting list that's fairly lengthy. Right now I think we have 241 on our waiting list for meals on wheels. They want to know well, how quickly can they get on? And unfortunately, that answer is not very positive right now because of the cuts," said Diane Skalko, Pitt Co. Council on Aging.

Nationwide, Meals on Wheels had to cut 19 million meals this year because of the budget cuts.

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