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Federal cuts take bite out of Meals on Wheels

Posted April 15, 2013

— Meals on Wheels of Wake County will be serving 12,000 fewer meals this year because of federal budget cuts, officials said Monday.

Since 1965, the Older Americans Act has funded nutrition programs to combat senior hunger, allowing elderly people to eat more nutritious meals and live independently in their own homes, rather than move into nursing homes.

“More senior adults are applying for Meals on Wheels than ever before,” Meals on Wheels Executive Director Alan Winstead said in a statement. “Cuts in federal funding means that we must leave qualified participants on a waiting list and potentially cut current clients. The reality is that we need more money to buy more nutritious meals for more people. The last thing our most vulnerable neighbors and family members need is to lose this essential service.”

Meals on Wheels of Wake County services are open to any senior citizen over age 60 who lives in the county. The agency has about 2,200 volunteers who deliver more than 1,300 meals each weekday.

“At a time when more people are turning 60, more seniors are living longer, and more seniors are at risk for going hungry, we need more, not fewer, resources to meet the needs of our community,” Winstead said.

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  • NRalDad1905 Apr 16, 9:38 a.m.

    I wish the headline had read: Meals on Wheels holding fundraiser to help offset Fed cuts. Agencies know they will have less federal funding, so they need to do more aggressive fundraising. It'll get worse if the administration removes the tax deduction for charitable contributions.
    MOW - We live in a very generous community - let us know how much the shortfall is and we'll start donating to help cover the 12,000 meals.

  • junkmail5 Apr 15, 4:18 p.m.

    Just to throw some math on this-

    2012 spending:

    Defense was 689 billion, SS was 773 billion, Medicare/caid/CHIP was 732 billion.

    Interest on the debt was 220 billion

    That's just a bit under 2.5 trillion total

    Total revenue was just under 2.5 trillion.

    So EVERYTHING else the government does is on borrowed money, because those 3, plus interest, eat all our income.

  • junkmail5 Apr 15, 4:08 p.m.

    Funny that the government can't spare a relatively insignificant amount to support this care of our isolated seniors, but Food Stamps, Sec 8 housing, and free daycare cannot be touched.- publicassistance

    Again, congress agreed on what programs the sequester would apply to, and which ones it does not.

    The president doesn't get to pick and choose where to cut beyond that.

    Food stamps are exempt.

    Money to meals on wheels isn't.

    Being mad at Obama for something the majority of 535 congressmen signed off on is a little... overly specific...

    junkmail5 - Interest is only 6% of the budget. You missed the other big thing that accounts for 12% (4th most after Medicare)- RAA0013

    I didn't miss it. It's among the "literally everything else the government does" items that go beyond income.

    Basic fact remains without significant cuts to SS, medicare/caid, and defense it's mathematically impossible to balance the budget.

    Everything else is a drop in the bucket in comparison.

  • RAA0013 Apr 15, 3:32 p.m.

    junkmail5 - Interest is only 6% of the budget. You missed the other big thing that accounts for 12% (4th most after Medicare) and that would be safety net programs - electric bill help, food stamps, childcare, etc. So a big cut to entitlements would give us more money to put back toward the interest therefor lowering the debt faster. Only if they stop spending that is....

  • publicassistance Apr 15, 3:31 p.m.

    For many of our home bound, disabled and elderly the MOW volunteers are the only human contact they have some days. This program is more about care and contact than food. I know several dedicated volunteers who love what they do.

    Funny that the government can't spare a relatively insignificant amount to support this care of our isolated seniors, but Food Stamps, Sec 8 housing, and free daycare cannot be touched.

    In addition, to "help" the exonomy the Fed has driven interest rates dow to a point where seniors are being forced to live off their savings principal.

    Our priorities are way out fo kilter...

  • yankee1 Apr 15, 3:20 p.m.

    Obamas paid a lower tax rate in 2012 than most Americans in their income bracket

    Read the attached article which is particualrly relevant as today is tax day and the lies about cuts keep on comin' out the White House. how telling is it that that the best stories have too come out via a foreign newspaper?

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2309480/Triple-income-Pay-10-TIMES-national-defense-food-stamps-Obama-tax-day-receipt-website-makes-nearly-impossible-out.html#ixzz2QYqYEId9

  • junkmail5 Apr 15, 3:16 p.m.

    With Obama we are in major trouble (GDP, debt, production, higher population, foreclosures, less jobs, more unemployed) now which we were not during Bush.- RAA0013

    Huh?

    We went from 6 trillion projected surplus in 2000 over the next 10 years to 6 trillon in NEW debt in actuality in 2010.

    Almost entirely from the Bush tax cuts and the 2 unfunded Bush wars.

    But that's all Obamas fault somehow?

    Why are you folks so convinced Obama owns a time machine?

    Not that Obama or the congresses under him have done much to make things BETTER, but it's insanely dishonest to suggest they invented the problems to begin with. As if we had no debt or any other issues at all the day before they swore Obama in or something.

  • yankee1 Apr 15, 3:15 p.m.

    Obamas paid a lower tax rate in 2012 than most Americans in their income bracket

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2309480/Triple-income-Pay-10-TIMES-national-defense-food-stamps-Obama-tax-day-receipt-website-makes-nearly-impossible-out.html#ixzz2QYqYEId9
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  • aightCPA Apr 15, 3:13 p.m.

    Funny to see people compare Bush and Obama presidencies curricular activities. With Obama we are in major trouble (GDP, debt, production, higher population, foreclosures, less jobs, more unemployed) now which we were not during Bush. So to compare them is just lazy. More people in need now but less money to do it with. Just the reality of a world where those in the government think money is unlimited and live like it while others suffer. They don't care!

    RAA0013

    You do realize that when policies are put in places by Presidents, state governors, etc. you really don't see the affect of them until a couple of years down the road right.

  • nufsaid Apr 15, 3:13 p.m.

    "the obamas pay all their own personal expenses on vacations.
    junkmail5"

    Please cite the source(s) of your information.

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