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Beaufort Co. Meals on Wheels program may get cut

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

A number of federally funded programs have been cut because of sequestration and now senior citizens in Beaufort County are on pins and needles wondering if some of their programs will be next. 

Beaufort Senior Center Meals on Wheels program provides lunch to nearly 1,000 seniors in Port Royal, Burton and on St. Helena Island five days a week.

The folks at the center say seniors rely on that lunch.

"I don't know what they would do if it got cut off," said Ella Singleton, a senior center volunteer.

Ella Singleton has been at the senior center for four years. She is the one who puts all of the food together, and even delivers it to those who in need. Sometimes she does it all her self, but she doesn't mind it. She knows the folks she's doing it for appreciate it.

"This meal is very important to a lot of seniors. They look forward to it everyday," she said.

Volunteer say seniors are very worried, afraid this may be one of their last meals.

Marcella Brock's 92-year-old mother is on of those seniors. Brock says it's more than the food for her mother, it's the friendships she's building with the volunteers.

"Knowing that people come and that they care. I know these are volunteers and it takes money out of their pocket and time out of their day, so it's very important to her because she feels like other people care other than the family," said Brock.

The center says they're looking for grants and donations so they can keep the program going, but right now they're not sure what's going to happen.

The Beaufort Air Show and Hilton Head Airport's control tower have already gotten axed because these automatic spending cuts. The center says they're just waiting for their notice.

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