Meals On Wheels in peril

 

Brandon L. Summers

Lana Speer, Meals on Wheels cook, and Anne Wilson, nutrition aid, begin their day at 7:30 a.m. by readying a strawberry cream dessert to go with the meals being sent out to as many a 65 clients per day.

Sidney's Meals on Wheels program serves 65 clients per day, on average. To provide 1,179 meals in February during its 23 days of service, it had a budget of $2,500.

Sidney's Meals on Wheels receives its funding and resources from the Aging Office of Western Nebraska (AOWN) in Scottsbluff.

While AOWN mostly receives state funding, federal funding is "a far amount" of its budget, Mary Smith, programs coordinator, said.

A budget submitted by the White House to Congress this month, though, would eliminate all federal funding to Meals on Wheels.

"Our budget is very tight. We stay in it one month...



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