Thu., January 27, 2011 1:52pm (EST)

Seniors Protest Budget Cuts
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Advocates say more than 20,000 people are on waiting lists for senior services. (photo by Melissa Stiers)
Advocates say more than 20,000 people are on waiting lists for senior services. (photo by Melissa Stiers)
Money for meals on wheels is on the chopping block this year as lawmakers work on the state budget. More than a hundred senior citizens rallied at the state capitol against cuts to the home-delivered meal program and other services.

A million dollars in stimulus funds has propped up the seniors’ food program the past two years, and Governor Deal’s budget doesn’t restore the state money that once paid for it.

Seniors protested the three million dollars worth of cuts to all their programs, including funding for senior day care centers.

75 year old Shedrick Risper from Thomaston says he depends on the cafeteria at his local center.

"I go to this place me and my wife, and you can’t get a meal for a dollar and a quarter and if they do away with that I just don’t know what we would do."

Shuttle bus services to those centers and to doctors’ appointments could also be lost.

Advocates say more than 20,000 people are on waiting lists for all the services combined.