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Sequester cuts to impact SD senior meals

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Passing the sequester deadline could mean $214,000 cut from Federal funding for meals provided to seniors.

Over at Active Generations, those cuts translate into just under 11,000 meals cut for one year. If you did the math for 240 working days, that's about 45 meals per day for one year.

Nutrition Director Melissa Townsend said the idea of cuts to our state is troublesome especially when it comes to taking money away for senior meals.

Active Generations has a donation-based program which relies heavily on, not just state and federal funding, but client donations along with additional fundraising.

With today's rising cost of gas and food, Townsend said those donations are hard to come by. A lingering sequestration only adds to that concern.

Each meal provides 1/3 of the R.D.I's or Recommended Dietary Intake for seniors.

"The rate of hunger since the recession has gone up in 34% in our state. By getting a third of RDI's met through our senior meal is very significant. Some of the seniors, this is their only meal so at least they're getting that," Nutrition Director for Active Generations Melissa Townsend said.

Those federal dollars come from the state's Administration on Community Living and, until it finds out what will happen by Friday's deadline, Townsend says there's no way to tell exactly what South Dakota will do with cuts from there.

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