NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH)-- Starting next week, almost 75% of folks who benefit from Norwich's "Meals on Wheels" will see a drop in their deliveries.
Right now they receive food four days a week. That's about to drop to one day. The blame for the cuts comes from Washington but it's not because of the government shutdown.
All the talk is about the government shutdown but it's actually sequestration which is putting the brakes on part of the Meals on Wheels program.
"Normally these lunch meals would come hot to him except for the weekends, now they're not. Now they're all coming frozen," said Tim Grills.
A week's worth of meals in one or two days. Tim Grills is the head of nutrition for TVCCA.
But now he's also making deliveries. The agency which serves much of eastern Connecticut has had $66,000 cut from its budget due to sequestration. As of October first, drivers and delivery days are being cut.
"It's a peace of mind for these guys to stay at home. It's a peace of mind for the siblings or the children to say hey I can to to work, it's okay," said Grills.
Recently his own dad was found by a Meals on Wheels driver.
"Who's to say he wouldn't lay there for a few days," said Grills.
At one stop today there was no answer.
The drop in deliveries makes a difference for Don Simpson a Vietnman veteran who recently suffered a stroke.
"If I'm not here to get my meal then what?" said Don Simpson, New London.
In New London the Meals on Wheels have gone down to two days a week and next week in Norwich and Montville they'll just be delivering just one day a week.
"I understand government, I understand money has to be somewhere but really your seniors. How much do you think they have given back and we can't protect them?" said Grills.
"There's some hungry people out here and we all worked all our lives pretty much. It's not like we're asking for a hand out or anything, it's just a little help," said Simpson.
There are a few towns that haven't been affected at all like Waterford and Stonington and that's because they have a strong core of volunteers or the towns contribute to the program.
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