FSS responds to federal budget cuts for seniors

Fayette Senior Services (FSS) has announced its participation in the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services “Paper Plate Campaign” to raise money for and awareness of senior meal programs after the U.S. government sequester cut funding for these programs across the country last month.

Over $41,000 in Older American Act (OAA) funding has been cut from the annual operating budget of FSS and these funds will be taken directly from services that provide meals to seniors, including both their Meals On Wheels and Congregate Meals programs, FSS representatives said.

During the month of August, you can make a donation to Fayette Senior Services to receive a paper plate on which you can write a message to Congress urging them to take action and rethink the cuts that have been made to senior meal programs across the country.

Once the plates have been collected at the end of the month, FSS will send them to Congress along with a letter from their president and CEO, Nancy Meaders.

If you would like to make a donation, FSS asks you to donate online at www.fayss.org or mail/hand-deliver a donation to the Fayetteville Life Enrichment Center at 4 Center Drive, across from the Fayette County Justice Center.

For more than 30 years, Fayette Senior Services has been making a difference in the emotional, social, and physical well-being of older adults. In addition to Meals On Wheels, FSS provides other essential services such as Transportation, Information & Assistance, Care Management, In-Home Personal Care/Homemaker Services, Adult Day Care, Home Repair, and Ani-Meals (pet food delivery for companion pets). Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Centers offer a wide variety of social, leisure, and fitness activities, the award-winning Ultimate Cafe, and more.

For more information about Fayette Senior Services or the “Paper Plate Campaign,” contact Nancy Meaders at nmeaders@fayss.org or 770-461-0813, ext. 112.

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