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Updated Apr 2, 2013 - 8:31 am

Sequester cuts could see some seniors go hungry

PHOENIX -- They've worked hard their entire lives, but unfortunately for millions of seniors, their golden years are tarnished by poverty.

"We estimate that 8.3 million seniors face the threat of hunger every single day," said Mary McNamara of Meals on Wheels Association of America. "That number is growing because baby boomers are turning 65 at a rate of about 10,000 per day."

Across the board sequester cuts have impacted programs like Meals on Wheels, an organization dedicated to feeding the country's hungry, homebound elderly.

"The sequester that went into effect March 1 was a 5.1 percent cut to Title 3 funding through the Older Americans Act, the primary funding mechanism for Meals on Wheels," said McNamara.

The percentage represents a $40 million hit to the organization.

"That works out to about $1 million in Arizona," said McNamara. "The impact can take many forms -- we could cut services -- but all of them will impact the Arizonan economy."

While the organization determines where the money will come from, there is a very real possibility that 375,000 meals are at risk here in Arizona.

"Get involved. Contact your local Meals on Wheels program and donate or volunteer. You can also contact your representative and ask them for increase funding for Older Americans funding," said McNamara.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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