Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Look at all the hungry people

Think Progress looks at real world effects of Meals on Wheels cuts brought to you by the GOP sequester clown car.
Directors of Meals on Wheels programs across the country spoke with ThinkProgress about how they are coping with decreased funding. Some, like Meals on Wheels of Western Broome in New York, are private nonprofits that don’t rely on government funding and will therefore be shielded. But by and large, the heads of these programs described facing deep cuts after having already slimmed down in response to lean times over the past few years.
The list is depressing but olds going hungry is just the obvious result of sequester fever. The long term consequences won't be seen right away. Maybe they'll be too subtle for Big Media to notice.

The isolation of already housebound clients will literally kill people. A recent study showed social isolation contributes to early death. For many of them, the daily delivery is probably the only daily contact they have with outside human beings. Those who don't die of loneliness will likely end up in hospitals and nursing homes from lack of decent nutrition. Which will end up costing us all much more than the few million they're saving on delivering food.

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