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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:52 PM

Spending Cuts Could Derail Meals on Wheels leaving homebound and disabled seniors on their own


...homebound and disabled seniors behind closed doors are "the hidden hungry" across the USA, says Larry Tomayko, interim chief executive officer of the Meals On Wheels Association of America. (MOWAA). Now, Tomayko fears that his senior-nutrition organization is at risk.

If congressional domestic-spending cuts take effect March 1, MOWAA faces an estimated 5.1% reduction in Older Americans Act funding, said Erika Kelly, assistant vice president for policy and legislation.

"That would translate into an estimated 19 million fewer meals, and approximately 200,000 seniors would lose the congregate or home-delivered meals they depend on for an entire year," Kelly said.

The possible cuts from sequestration come at a time when Meals on Wheels already faces a fiscal "quadruple-whammy" generated by the recent economic recession, Kelly said. Donations are down; state and local funding have decreased; gasoline and food costs are up; and the USA's needy population keeps growing as Baby Boomers grow older.

Hey, here's an idea. How about a transaction tax on Wallstreet securities transactions so the Wallstreet Banksters could pay to keep the support for programs feeding the poor and disabled ederly in business? This would give the Banksters a chance to help out some of the people they screwed with their "the market will police itself" catastrophe.

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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 05:23 PM

1. Seniors, the frail, and the poor will just have to suck it up for the

the money to fund the recently enacted tax cuts for those in the $250,000 to $450,000 income range must come from somewhere. Also the Amgen largess must also be paid for.

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