Meals on Wheels Struggles with Gas Prices

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High gas prices are forcing some charities to changed how they serve.

The nationwide "Meals on Wheels" program has been hit especially hard, since it relies on volunteers to drive food to seniors each day.

"We're in a crisis and it's just getting worse and worse," Enid Borden, president and CEO of the group.

Click the play button for more from David Treadwell with the Central Union Mission on how rising prices are affecting charities.

Most Meals on Wheels programs have lost volunteers and are struggling to find new ones, a recent survey revealed.

As a result, almost half are cutting back meal routes or switching to cheaper frozen meals.

Borden is now urging Congress to increase funding for the programs by at least 10 percent, an amount that will help but certainly not cure money troubles.

Meals on Wheels provides services to some 20,000 elderly across the U.S.

Source: Associated Press

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