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Senior Center Takes Proactive Steps In Light of Potential Budget Cuts

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SALISBURY, Md.- At a time when Congress is said to be potentially considering some overall budget cuts, the Maintaining Active Citizens senior center in Salisbury is being pro-active. The senior center is participating in The Paper Plate Campaign, a joint effort by the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services and Meals on Wheels America.

The purpose of the campaign is to send a message urging members of congress to fund congregate and home-delivered meal programs at the levels necessary to keep them going.

Helena Green has been spending the last couple of days preparing as many paper plates as she can, her message says it all.

"Some seniors, it's all they have, some of us can't cook or stand up and cook because of our conditions and meals on wheels is very important," she said.

MAC provides two services for seniors, home-delivered meals and meals that are served at the centers throughout the shore. Both services serve about 700 seniors each.

Although the center is not in jeopardy yet, it relies on a percentage of federal funding for these programs.

Nutrition Program Director, Karla Beardsley, explained, "If we don't get the level of funding we've had we would probably serve less people and with less meals, so everything would be cut," she said. 

Congress is set to meet on the second week of august to discuss the overall budget.

MAC plans to deliver the plates to Maryland senators who will then deliver them to Washington.

For seniors like Mary Hearne, the cuts would mean more than just meals.

"It's not just about the meals it's the people around me that I like coming here for," she said.

All these efforts to help keep the cuts off congresses plates. 

The center encourages the community to stop by the MAC center Wednesday through Friday, Aug 2-4, and Monday through Wednesday, Aug 7-9, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and write their own message on a paper plate.

 

 

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