The government shutdown is hitting the elderly population in Spokane who depend on Meals on Wheels to eat. 300 meals a day are served or delivered from just the downtown Spokane location alone.
"We just take it at this point on a day by day situation," said Meals on Wheels director Molly Dalpae.
Its all Dalpae can do at her downtown Meals on Wheels kitchen. Since the government shutdown it's been a scramble to find a way to serve 300 meals a day, and that number is growing.
"New people that we've never seen before, and that's been a 30% increase, so you have a huge increase, you have a huge decrease it spells trouble for a non profit," said Dalpae.
Meals on Wheels does not receive money from the government. However, their major donors do.
"So everyone is being very cautious which you can completely understand unfortunately we're as cautious as we can be with our spending but we really do rely on the donations to make it through," said Dalpae.
You can help by keeping those donations coming. But if you find your wallet is thinning, too - look no further than your garden to help.
"We are getting people who are bringing in an overabundance of produce of any sort that we're turning into food for our seniors here at the senior center," said Dalpae.
Onions, winter squash from butternut to spaghetti; they'll take anything and everything.
Their cooks will turn it into nutritious meals for seniors in need.
Seniors who, Dalpae says, would love to have a word with lawmakers in Washington D.C.
"This generation we work with did not go into debt, you know, they bought what they could afford and that was that," said Dalpae.
Another way you can help raise money for Meals on Wheels is at their annual pumpkin race.
The race is the Saturday before October 26th, on the corner of 18th and Madison. It's $4 per pumpkin to register.