SCRANTON — Meals on Wheels in Lackawanna County had its state funding slashed by $30,000 back in September, leaving hundreds of seniors on a waiting list for meals. Now as the organization braces for more potential cuts, it’s looking to the community for help.
The organization helps seniors like Vivienne Yaggi, 84, who has lived in Scranton’s south side her entire life. It wasn’t until about two years ago that her health began to decline. She said getting around with a walker is painful, and preparing just a simple breakfast is tough.
“I’m in awful pain just to get that bagel in the toaster and heat the water in the microwave to make a cup of instant coffee,” said Vivienne Yaggi.
Yaggi said Meals on Wheels in Lackawanna County is a blessing for her. The meals fill her up, but it’s the visits she enjoys the most.
“On Monday I have Maureen, on Tuesday I have Verna, on Wednesday I have Theresa, on Thursday I have Stephanie, and on Friday I have wonderful wonderful Maggie,” said Yaggi.
Lackawanna County’s Meals on Wheels Executive Director Linda Steier said it had to cut the number of meals going out after $30,000 dollars in state funding cuts went into effect this past September. Now, 200 seniors sit on a waiting list.
“I am at a loss, I take this home with me, I feel helpless sometimes, not knowing what to say,” said Steier.
Another $30,000 in cuts could go into effect in the spring. If the state does decide to go through with these new cuts it could mean about 100 less meals would be served up and sent out to those in need in Lackawanna County, but those who work and volunteer at meals on wheels hope it doesn`t come to that.
“I`m hoping to avoid having to face that, I`m appealing to the community,” said Steier.
The organization is sending out a letter to about 2,000 homes in Lackawanna County appealing for donations. It would send more, but the money for postage just isn’t there. Workers say they hope donations can offset any budget cuts and keep these deliveries that mean so much running.
“This is a visit, you have human contact, I wish they came on Saturday and Sunday too,” said Yaggi.
You can donate online by clicking here or call 570-346-2421.