Senior Weekend Lunch Program Cancelled For C.C. Cafes by Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services Due to Federal Sequestration

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Seniors who rely on a bag lunch from the C.C. Cafes in Contra Costa County will go hungry on weekends as the weekend lunch program has been cancelled due to the elimination of funding for food by the federal government sequestration.

Diners at the C.C. Cafe

Slashing the Senior Nutrition Program funds will cause seniors to go hungry.

Effective April 1, 2013, the over 200 seniors who eat lunch at one of the 6 C.C. Cafes located in Contra Costa County, run by Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, will not have the option of ordering a weekend meal. Many of these folks will go hungry.

Federal sequestration cut nearly $100,000 from the Senior Nutrition Program which funds meals for C.C. Cafe's and Meals on Wheels. Without these funds, seniors will go hungry. For many seniors, the lunch provided at the Cafe serves as their lunch and dinner.

Says Elaine Clark, Executive Director for Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, "Over 70% of the seniors we serve live at or below the federal poverty level. The nutritious meals we provide are critical to the health of our clients. Instead of worrying about long lines at the airport, we should be concerned about feeding people. Cutting funding to the most vulnerable is heartless."

Unless Congress acts quickly, Clark predicts that people will die from lack of good nutrition. "Unfortunately, Congress has chosen to focus on issues other than keeping people alive," says Clark.

According to the Administration on Aging, 10,000 people turn 65 years old every month. This trend will continue until the year 2050. At that time, the number of people 65 years and older will double. The number of persons over the age of 80 will quadruple.

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services' mission is to help seniors age in place for as long as possible. To volunteer or donate money, contact http://www.mowsos.org or call Elaine Clark, 925/937-8311.

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