Budget Cuts Could Impact Program Delivering Meals To Tulsa Senio - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Budget Cuts Could Impact Program Delivering Meals To Tulsa Seniors

Posted: Updated:
TULSA, Oklahoma -

The Tulsa area Senior Nutrition Program is facing the possibility of deep budget cuts that could make its mission to feed the elderly more difficult.

Thanks to the program, thousands of Tulsa-area senior citizens are delivered hot meals right at their doorstep, but with the state budget shortfall, they fear the program will be no more.

Charlotte Woods in Sand Springs gets two meals a day - there's even extra on Fridays to get her through the weekend.

Woods is handicapped and unable to prepare meals on her own, so the Senior Nutrition Program is her lifeline.

"I really don't make enough money to buy food, and that's the main reason I receive these meals," she said.

If proposed state budget cuts stand, the Senior Nutrition Program could lose $300,000 this fiscal year, affecting thousands of people who depend on their services and forcing those in charge to make almost impossible choices.

"It'll impact how often we visit with them and see them. We'll have to make the decision as to which frail elderly gets a meal and which one doesn't, and that's a tough decision to make," said Director of INCOG Area Agency on Aging, Clark Miller.

He said the cuts to DHS are so deep that the Senior Nutrition Program could be forced to close some sites altogether, leaving elderly clients anxious about where their next meal will come.

"I don't know how to stress the importance of this program. And if they didn't deliver, I don't know what I would do," Woods said.

Reductions in funding to these programs are not going into effect at this time. If budget relief is not forthcoming, a number of the cuts will be initiated starting December 1st.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.