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Good News: March for Meals

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah's mayor made some very important deliveries on Friday. 

Mayor DeLoach and a number of volunteers went door to door, taking meals to some of our area senior citizens in need. 

The Meals on Wheels program in Savannah started nearly 60 years ago with just a few neighbors with homecooked meals. Since then, it has grown immensely. 

"Service of more than 14,000 older adults in our community."

Service of folks like Mr. William Black. He worked for the city of Savannah for more than 20 years. 

"It's a good day when the mayor delivers meals," he laughed. 

And Ms. Charlotte Crake, who used to deliver meals and now receives him. 

"Thank you for coming, mayor. That's very nice of you. I was looking forward to that," she said. 

Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach believes this is a very important program. 

"We need to make sure that we take care of the citizens here, especially the senior citizens, the most vulnerable are the ones you need to take care of," Mayor DeLoach said. 

The program is at the center of political debate now, with President Trump proposing cuts to federal funding. 

"We're looking at a possible 35 percent cut to our federal funds which is not everything that we receive, but it'll result in 44,000 fewer meals than what we're providing right now," said Patti Lyons, Executive Director, Senior Citizens, Inc. 

It's a big impact, no doubt, but Friday's deliveries focused on the positive. 

"Today is really about celebrating the impact that Meals on Wheels has," Lyons said. 

Mayor DeLoach says the program doesn't just provide a meal and companionship for our seniors; it's good for the volunteers as well.

"They'll give you more back than you give them," said Mayor DeLoach. 

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