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Federal Budget Cuts Could Hit 'Meals on Wheels'

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn- The affect the looming federal budget cuts could have on the senior community who depend on the daily delivery of food reaches all the way to West Tennessee.

"Meals on Wheels" is a federally funded program provided by the Southwest Human Resource Agency. Volunteers deliver more than 650 meals to seniors in eight counties throughout West Tennessee, everyday. The program even offers free community dinners.

"A lot of times, when I go in the home, you can tell this will probably be the only full meal that the individual will get," said Nell Tanner, a manager at Southwest Human Resource Agency.

If President Obama and Congress do not reach an agreement, the automatic cuts could happen on March 1, and Tennessee would lose more than $1 million in funds that provide nutritional services to seniors.

"If those cuts do take place, there will be less people who get those meals," said Mike Smith, executive director of Southwest Human Resource Agency.

Southwest officials are expected to meet with members of the Governor's staff in April.