Sequester budget cuts threaten KOTA Territory senior programs - KOTA Territory News

Sequester budget cuts threaten KOTA Territory senior programs


Thirty four percent of seniors in South Dakota are in danger of going hungry, and imminent sequester cuts may only increase that number.
The sequester cuts will result in a 5.1 percent cut to all non-defense spending, which directly effects senior programs like Meals on Wheels.

Currently, the program feeds 600 people in the Black Hills a day, with a budget of roughly $1 million dollars.

Last year, directors say they had a deficit of $50,000 and had to cut services to Keystone and Hill City. As food and transportation costs go up, directors worry many seniors could go hungry if they receive less funding.
"We can feed a senior for $2,000 a year and  you know what nursing homes cost. A lot of seniors who are getting meals, if they weren't getting meals, they would be in nursing homes," said Marcia Murray, Director of Rapid City's Meals On Wheels program.
Murray says they may consider reducing the number of days they deliver meals.

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