SPOKANE, Wash. -- Meals on Wheels Spokane is committed to continuing its services, despite the threat of automatic spending cuts that could slash senior assistance programs across the country.
The non-profit, located in downtown Spokane, opted out of state and federal funding for its senior nutrition program in 2010. The program is funded by private donations, fundraiser and grants.
Meals on Wheels Spokane serves 60 meals daily at its headquarters, and delivers another 200 meals to seniors at their homes.
The program is available to seniors age 60 or older. The delivered meals include a hot lunch five days a week along with two frozen meals that are delivered for the weekends. Suggested donations are $4 a meal, but only if the recipient can afford it.
Director Mollie Dalpae said many seniors who use Meals on Wheels also use other assistance programs that could be affected by the spending cuts.
"This sequester is going to cost about a million dollars in Washington state alone just for meals for seniors," said Dalpae. “For them to put into a stalemate and put this vulnerable population at risk at hunger is immoral to us."