Klamath Falls, Ore. -- Nearly 40 seniors are on a waiting list for 'Meals on Wheels' in Klamath County - there's not enough money in the program to feed them.
Aiden Cook of Mills School is helping to paint delivery bags for the 'Meals on Wheels' program.
The students plan to decorate 500 bags a month.
"And they put the meals in the bags for them." Notes Fourth Grader Aiden. "And they deliver it to the elders."
135 seniors in Klamath County rely on those meals...but the future of those meals is uncertain tonight.
Klamath Basin Senior Citizens Center Director Marc Kane says that while funding has gone down, demand has gone up...
"So we now have 39 people on a waiting list in this immediate area for Meals on Wheels."
The county cut funding for Meals on Wheels completely last year.
Atrio Health, Cascade Comprehensive Care, and Sky Lakes Medical Center made a one-time donation of 50 thousand dollars to the program last May.
But Kane is now looking for more long-term funding...
"If we don't get the renewal of the 50 thousand in one way or another, yes - we'll probably have to reduce our services."
Those meals also provide important daily contact with seniors.
And Aiden Cook hopes to keep delighting those seniors with his bags...
"I hope he likes it."
About 80 thousand meals were delivered to seniors in Klamath County last year through 'Meals on Wheels'.