In One Community, Hope Restored Amid Sequestration's Toll
Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund Grants Meals on Wheels $39,000
HSNJRF STAFF | Washington Post
Here in New Jersey, the Ocean County Meals on Wheels program lost $30,000 of its $1 million in federal funds. That loss compounded financial problems left over from last fall, when Hurricane Sandy shut down their kitchens and forced $129,000 in unplanned spending.
So they were losers among losers. As a result, local Meals on Wheels officials made a hard decision. When elderly people returned to their rebuilding section of the Shore, they were told there was no money to bring them food.
Until Monday last week. On that day — thanks to internal budget cuts and $39,000 in new money from the private Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, chaired by First Lady Mary Pat Christie — the service was restored in that area for the first time in a year.
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