Editorial: Meals on Wheels thought ahead
The economy is affecting not only people at the pumps, businesses that have goods trucked in, and food costs - mostly because of higher fuel prices - it also is hurting social services.
The definition of social services is a group or program that serves, aids and protects needy and vulnerable people in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility and foster independence.
For instance, the Pima (County) Meals on Wheels program may have to cut its number of visits to homebound seniors because soaring gas and food prices have outpaced the organization's budget, according to the Associated Press. Its budget has remained stagnant in recent years while gas and food prices have grown more expensive; it will decide later this month what to do.
The good news is here at home the Prescott Meals on Wheels program has "weathered the storm," said Dave Marston, president of the Prescott Meals on Wheels Board of Directors. Prescott's program, over the years, has "whittled back expenses" and is "moving forward."
The local group also is getting creative in its fundraising, bringing in money it would not have had otherwise in the form of proceeds from a car raffle this past spring.
"We have not had to cut back services," Marston confirmed earlier this week.
At a time when more and more people are lining up at the food banks, area residents are carpooling and having to pinch their pennies, and other programs may have to cut services, the Prescott Meals on Wheels leaders prepared over the past year and a half for this down economy - almost as if they knew it was coming.
It is hard work, and prudent and careful planning like this that will make our community stable during the down times and even better as we come out of this. Kudos!