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Mid-Land Meals feeling effects of federal sequester

The director of Mid-Land Meals says the federal sequester resulted in a $100,000 cut in funding this year.

Elaine Brovont says that’s despite the fact that the program served an additional $25,000 meals last year.

Mid-Land Meals provides nutritious food for senior citizens at 17 meal sites, and home-delivery for those who are unable to get to one of those locations.

Brovont says in order to save money, more frozen meals are being delivered once-a-week as opposed to daily hot meals.

She says this requires less staff and saves on gas money.

But Brovont says that won’t be enough if funding cuts continue.

She says a letter-writing campaign called “Don’t Empty My Plate” aims to get the attention of Indiana’s senators and congressman.

Brovont says people are writing their messages on paper plates which will be given to senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly and representative Todd Rokita.