Meals on Wheels forced to get creative after sequestration

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MANATEE COUNTY - Sequestration can be blamed for many organizations budget shortfalls, but officials with one here on the Suncoast say it will hit our seniors extra hard.

Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee County will be short tens of thousands of dollars in its budget due to the sequester, and now officials say they're forced to get creative with fundraising to continue meeting the demands of the community.

Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee serves about 2,000 seniors each month delivering meals and providing other services.

Now, officials say they need your help and support more than ever before.

Federal funding for nutrition for seniors will take a hit because of sequestration, effecting programs like Meals on Wheels across the country.

In Manatee County, officials with Meals on Wheels say they'll lose $68,000 due to the sequester, which equals about 7,500 meals.

They are determined to never turn a senior in need away, and they say they won't start now, so they're creating new fundraising events, promoting their thrift shop and doing everything they can to keep the program going.

“As a result of the boomers we're seeing an increased need in meals, not to mention what we're losing, we're seeing an increased need, so it's really critical we get the word out about our programs to help us with revenue to keep our programs going,” says CEO Maribeth Phillips.

On Wednesday, Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee is having a fundraiser at the Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton. A traveling musical comedy variety duo will put on a show for both members, and the public. For ticket information you can call 941-749-0100.