The News & Record
South Boston News & Record
and Mecklenburg Sun
Home   •   News   •   Sports   •   Classifieds   •   Community   •   Health   •   Entertainment   •   Obituaries   •   Opinions   •   Weather
Advertising | Contact | Register
Advanced Search
News

HCSO Deputy Quentin Clark dies unexpectedly

A 20-year veteran of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office passed away unexpectedly early Saturday morning, leaving the department in a state of mourning and shock.

With a friend’s death, a family grows

As she fought a valiant but ultimately unsuccessful battle with cancer, 39-year-old Beth Laitkep was able to rest easy knowing her children were going to be well taken care of…

South Boston man dies in Brunswick County accident

William Scott Adams, 33, of Old Cluster Springs Road was the driver of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee that was traveling eastbound on U.S. 58 when the mishap occurred, at approximately…

Sports

Regionals begin for baseball, softball


Community


Opinion


A&E

News

Mecklenburg Meals on Wheels program prepares for 9 percent budget hit

SoVaNow.com / March 06, 2013
A local agency is anxiously eyeing the impact of federal budget sequester cuts on the Meals on Wheels program — which provides hot meals to a clientele of nearly 300 senior citizens in three counties, for some their only meal of the day.

Meals on Wheels is administered in Mecklenburg, Brunswick and Halifax counties by the Lake Country Area Agency on Aging, whose CEO, Gwen Hinzman, is preparing for a 9 percent effective cut to her budget. In dollar terms, the reduction amounts to some $50,000.

Hinzman said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Community Living, which oversee programs that her agency administers, including Meals on Wheels, “are taking every step to mitigate the effects of these cuts.” However, she added, the overall funding for the fiscal year for Older Americans Act Title III, Title VII, and Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP) grants — including Meals on Wheels — will likely be reduced.

Meals on Wheels is one of the NSIP programs that began in 1974 as part of the Older Americans Act. Using NSIP grant money, meals are provided on a regular basis to individuals age 60 and older who are in the greatest economic, physical, and social need.

“The bottom line,” said Hinzman, is that “we will feed as many people as we can in the three counties [Brunswick, Mecklenburg and Halifax], and at our five congregate meal sites” — meals are served in a group setting in Clarksville, Lawrenceville, Chase City, Halifax and Buffalo Junction — “but when the money runs out, we will be forced to shut down the programs.”

With officials still sorting out the effects of the sequester — and with the bulk of cuts still weeks and months away from being implemented — it is unknown when or if that day will arrive.

Tell-a-Friend | Submit a Comment

814

Advertising Flyer

Find out how you can reach more customers by advertising with The News & Record and The Mecklenburg Sun -- in print and online.