JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Post-Journal is reporting Friday that 40 senior citizens in Chautauqua County could lose their home-delivered meals from Meals on Wheels starting April 1. That’s largely due to the recent budget sequestration order in Washington. The sequestration order eliminates more than 8 percent of federal funding to Meals on Wheels programs in Chautauqua County.
Meals on Wheels executive director Barrie Yochim says the 40 individuals who may no longer receive service from the organization are comprised of senior citizens, who are unable to make any contribution toward the cost of their meals from Meals on Wheels. They are being targeted first because others who even make a small money contribution for their meals will at least provide the meal system some revenue.
Of the 40 people who could lose meal service, 22 are in the Jamestown service area, 10 are in the Sinclairville service area and eight are in the Dunkirk-Fredonia service area.