Meals On Wheels could lose funding

Posted at 7:23 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 19:23:51-04

Joe Headley has been volunteering with Meals On Wheels for 2 years, and during that time, he's built a connection with the people he serves. He's delivering to his regulars like Helen Vasilenko who's been looking forward to dinner.

Vasilenko uses a walker and depends on Meals On Wheels for food. She loves the program, but is worried she may lose it.

"I would feel hurt and disappointed, but uh I like it when I don't have to cook for myself because I can't hardly cook anymore," she said.

According to the Tri-County Office On Aging, Meals On Wheels provides food to Vasilenko and more 1,000 seniors in the area, so they're keeping track of the funding debate in Washington.

"We're obviously very concerned about any potential cuts because they might impact vulnerable elder adults across our service area,"Tammy Lemmer said. Lemmer is the Community Relations and Grants Manager for Tri-County Office On Aging.

She also said getting food to seniors in need is the program's most important job, but she and seniors said there's a social aspect too.

"We will risk losing our check-in for seniors who don't have someone there," she added.