One of the dozens of programs hit hard by federal budget cuts gets some much-needed assistance from the community.
The Local Office on Aging in Roanoke had to cut around $80,000 from its budget when sequestration went into effect.
To make up that loss, LOA had to shrink the local Meals on Wheels program. They cut 50 seniors from the program and created a waiting list that 17 people are currently on.
But Friday was the organization's Let's Do Lunch fundraiser, and while the numbers are still coming in, it seems this year's event has blown past the rest.
Shannon Abell with LOA said they saw a great turn out this year. "We have sold close to 2,500 meals. It could be a record for us."
Even the Cave Spring High School football team got involved. The players helped get the box lunch deliveries organized.
Volunteers worked in the kitchen to serve up thousands of meals. Mary Walton, who has volunteered at LOA for the last 22 years, says this fundraiser is essential to the Meals on Wheels program.
"It helps us to raise the money so that we can deliver these meals to these people every day Monday through Friday. Otherwise they would not have a hot meal at all. They are able to stay in their homes longer, too," Walton said.
The people being helped are people like Marolyn Geib's mother, who received meals for a couple of years before she passed away.
"I know this program has been cut, but I think this is just one of the most important programs we have in the valley," Geib said.
Organizers tell us with the donations they've raised so far, and the meals they've sold, they expect Friday's event should raise about $50,000.