Meals on Wheels raising funds to bridge sequester gap

Published On: Mar 08 2013 06:36:49 PM PST
Meals on Wheels sign
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Meals on Wheels is one of many local programs that will be hurt by the sequester, which made annual fundraisers, like Friday's March for Meals at RiverPark Square, even more important.

The problems those cuts will cause will not likely be solved by fundraisers like March for Meals, but these events are more about raising awareness for a problem that will likely always exist in our community.

"Our meal is the only meal they have, but we have to look at how can we be sure that the program doesn't go away," Pam Almeida with Meals on Wheels said.

Almeida's mission is simple: Let no senior go hungry.

With the sequester, however, her mission will be more difficult now

"It looks like for this year it could be a 10-percent cut because we're halfway through the year already," she said.

That's why she was happy to see walkers show up Friday, with each lap around RiverPark Square brings in pledges and more money for senior meals.

"It's a lot of fun and we had a lot of people dropping in and walking a lap just so they can be a part of this," she said.

The money wasn't the only goal of March for Meals.

"We need the community to step forward, donate to purchase food, volunteer to deliver food, because that helps our budget as well," she said.

Almeida said Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels is always in need of volunteers. If you are interested in pitching in through donating or volunteering your time, click here.