Federal Cuts Forcing "Meals on Wheels" to Cut the Menu

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- People who count on hot, home-delivered meals won't be getting the food they're used to. "Meals on Wheels" is being forced to change up their menu because of sequestration cuts.

(If you would like to volunteer for "Meals on Wheels" call 517-887-1460 and you will be directed to where you need to go to sign up.)

The Tri County Office on Aging provides "Meals on Wheels" to about 15,000 people in the area. All clients will be seeing a change in their menus before June 1st.

The sequestration cut 5% of its funding to the program this year. The cuts combined with rising food prices and more clients is forcing the program to cut down on the more expensive items on the menu.

"Roast beef is on the menu, but it's only going to be on once in the 17 week schedule now instead of four times," said Nutritionist Ruth Pell.

Even though some items on the menu are going to be replaced the nutritional value for each meal is staying the same.

The changes are not going to stop at the menu. Truck routes have been changed to be more efficient, and the agency is looking at other costs like kitchen equipment to get the the most out of their dollars. Cutting staff or services isn't an option.

"We'll get through this. We will come out okay," said Pell.

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