You Can Help Elderly Oahu Seniors Cut From Meals on Wheels

Alice Miller
Alice Miller

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Staff members with Lanakila Meals on Wheels have the heartwrenching task of telling more than 200 low-income seniors they are being cut from the program.

Federal budget cuts are forcing Lanakila staff members to limit the number of meals they deliver. But you can help offset the costs by sponsoring a needy senior. For a $1600 donation, you can feed a senior for a year.

Alice Miller doesn't get around like she used to so she's thrilled when volunteers with Lanakila Meals on Wheels visit. On the menu, kahlua pig and Miller loves the hot meals.

"Rice and vegetable and I like the salad. I fix it the way I like it with my own salad dressing and I'm very happy with it."

But more than two hundred seniors including Miller will stop receiving meals in July according to Lanakila program director Remy Rueda, "A lot of them are devastated today. I received a lot of phone calls today."

Miller explains, "They told me about that. We aren't going to have that anymore. But my son takes me to the market so I'll just buy some extra so I can cook."

Miller is disappointed but says she'll get by, "Oh yes I'd be a fool today it didn't matter if it does stop."

State funds to cover the cost of the meals haven't been released yet. Rueda concludes, "Right now they deliver 4,000 meals a month and Lanakila can't shoulder the burden anymore so we try to reach out in the community to help us."