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Meals on Wheels takes big budget hit locally

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Every day in the city 550 meals are delivered to seniors as part of Meals on Wheels. This week 100 seniors learned because of budget cuts they face losing that meal after October 1.

That's because of budget cutting at city hall with the city now offering $20,000 after last year kicking in $200,000.  Local cuts combined with fewer dollars from Washington is creating problems.

"Family members, church members, others may have to step in for now. We don't know if that is going to be the case," said Tourea Robinson with Aging True, the non profit involved in Meals on Wheels.

This week she said it was tough telling some seniors they will not be on the delivery route anymore. Robinson says there is currently a waiting list of more than 800 for the free meals.

"For some of them it's the only meal they get," said Kathy Nordsiek who volunteers along with husband delivering meals.

On the Nordsiek route this Friday was the home of June Bongers. The 91-year-old woman looks forward to the noon delivery.

"I have a fierce appetite. I wait for that food to come," said Bongers chuckling afterwards.

The city council on Tuesday will hold a public hearing on its spending priorities following work on city spending plans for the past two months.

The hearing gives the public another opportunity to weigh in spending plans. On Thursday, the council voted to fund two branch libraries that it previously decided should be closed.

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