White House Proposes Budget Cuts For Meals On Wheels Program

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- The White House recently proposed budget cuts for the program that provides thousands of meals in Northwest Arkansas alone.

There are six senior centers in Fayetteville that participate in the Meals on Wheels program.

Center director Cayla Wilson said it takes a little more than $10,000 a month to run the program.

"It keeps that senior who is home bound home and so they don't have to accrue the cost of a nursing home or someone coming to stay with them 24 hours a day," Wilson said.

Senator John Boozman told 5NEWS what the cut could mean for Arkansas.

"I suspect that there'll be cuts throughout the system, but I don't see the wholesale elimination of programs like the president's talking about," Boozman said.

The Meals on Wheels program does take donations, but a portion of the funding comes from the federal government.