Sequestration Could Hit Meals On Wheels Hard

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Homebound seniors in the St. Louis area could wind up receiving frozen meals once a week instead of hot meals five days a week due to sequestration cuts.

The Mid-East Area Agency on Aging already knows they will see over $2 million in cuts.

“And of that $2.4 million, $1.5 million would be for the nutrition program, which is really Meals on Wheels,” Agency of Aging Executive Director Mary Schaefer explained.

Schaefer says the agency would have to find a different way to deliver the 2,500 daily meals it currently sends to four counties. “Mainly, to look at doing a frozen meal which would mean doing a one-time-a-week visit with five meals, rather than making a daily visit Monday through Friday with meals.”

She says that while the agency has dealt with the same amount of federal funds since 2008 and the cuts would not take effect immediately, she remains concerned that homebound seniors, whom she considers “the most vulnerable population,” will be hard hit.

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