Across the country, Meals on Wheels programs are slashing staff, reducing the number of meals delivered or shutting down as a result of sequestration. According to March 1 estimates, the sequester will result in a 5 percent decrease in Meals on Wheels programs in Maryland, Virginia and the District, affecting more than 50,000 seniors. One such program, at the First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, will have to close.
May 30, 2013 Meals on Wheels volunteer Arnold Powell loads up his deliveries outside the First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville. The church’s program used to receive $1,200 each quarter; now it will only receive $1,100 all year. That’s not even enough to pay the cook. “We’re just going to have to close,’’ said Deanna Lesche, the treasurer for the church’s Meals on Wheels program. Amanda Voisard/For The Washington Post Buy Photo