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Sequestration cuts slow deliveries from Meals On Wheels in the Chattanooga area

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Mike Carlson, of Reidsville, N.C., loads a bag of food into a van at Brainerd Baptist Church on Wednesday. Carlson was working with the World Changers program, which was bringing food to low-income elderly residents in the Chattanooga area. Photo by C. B. Mike Carlson, of Reidsville, N.C., loads a bag of food into a van at Brainerd Baptist Church on Wednesday. Carlson was working with the World Changers program, which was bringing food to low-income elderly residents in the Chattanooga area. Photo by C. B.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Meals On Wheels has delivered weekday and weekend meals to low-income elderly residents for more than a decade, but this year weekend meals have been eliminated and the number of seniors receiving meals this month compared to those served in December has been cut by more than 200 people.

The program stopped serving congregate meals to residents at the NAPFE (National Association of Postal and Federal Employees) Tower on Highway 58 and has more than 670 low-income seniors waiting to receive meals. It's the largest waiting list the program has ever had, said Stacie Smith, program manager.

The problem is sequestration, a 5.3 percent federal cut to nondefense discretionary spending totaling $85 billion.

The sequester slashed $150,000 in March from the Southeast Tennessee Development District/Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, which implements Meals On Wheels.

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