Meals on Wheels face budget cuts

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Posted at 6:24 PM, Apr 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-02 18:24:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Forced federal government budget cuts are hitting us close to home.

We've learned, Elder Care Services, a local non-profit organization that caters to seniors, is now losing thousands of dollars due to the sequester.

Elder Care Services in Tallahassee will lose funds for it's well known "Meals on Wheels" program.

The cuts, also affecting the organization's congregate sites, took affect Monday and folks at Elder Care Services say it's only the beginning.

Now they're working to raise money to fill the gap.

They say they serve 52 meals a day.

It costs $75 a month to feed a senior.

"It's disheartening because a lot of these seniors," said Amber Tynan, the Elder Care Services, the Director of Development Elder Care Services, Inc."They've worked their whole lives. They've given into the system through social security and now the government's cutting funding that allows them to stay, again, comfortable in their homes. It's hard when we have to make that phone call to say "your service is going to be disrupted" or "we're only gonna be able to help you 2 days a week versus 5.""

You can call Elder Care Services at (850) 921-5554 to learn how you can help.