New Survey Details Impact of Sequester on Meals On Wheels Programs

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on June 4, 2013

News release: “New information detailing the devastating impact of the federally mandated budget cuts known as sequester was released today by the Meals On Wheels Association of America. Based on a survey of Meals on Wheels programscross the country, these findings reveal nearly 70% of Meals on Wheels survey respondents have reduced the number of meals served to the nation’s hungry and homebound seniors.

Among the findings survey respondents revealed:

  • Programs have been forced to cut, on average, 364 meals per week;
  • Over 70% are establishing or adding to existing waiting lists;
  • Programs have increased their waiting lists on average by 58 seniors;
  • 40% of programs responding have eliminated staff positions; and
  • One in six are closing congregate meals sites or home-delivered meal programs.”

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