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Meals on Wheels has more than 800 on waiting list

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Updated: 12/23/2013 8:43 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --Hundreds of local seniors could be going hungry in Jacksonville.

The Meals on Wheels program provides meals to more than 700 seniors, but cuts have left some going without this holiday.

A hot meal is what keeps 85-year-old Pearlie Robinson going every day.

"I get Meals on Wheels and whoever gets Meals on Wheels, thank God because I do," said Robinson.

Robinson is one of the lucky ones who depend on the Meals on Wheels program.

But Tourea Robinson, director of development for the program told Action News that 860 people are now on the waiting list, which keeps growing.

"I feel very sad because I thank God I get mine and somebody else who needs some can't get it," said Pearlie Robinson.

"There is no sign in sight that we will see relief or funding in the near future," said Tourea Robinson.

Robinson told Action News city budget cuts chopped the program's budget from $200,000 to only $18,000.

"They look forward to this meal, they depend on this meal and they rely on our program to make sure they are getting a meal for the day," said Robinson.

But she said for now, they can only ask for donations and help from the community.

Pearlie Robinson said she's be praying that other seniors will get a chance to eat.

"I'm sorry that they got cut off, I hope they can build it back up so that they can receive some food," she said.

Tourea Robinson told Action News a local Jewish community has agreed to provide more than 400 meals to seniors for Christmas.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering, call 904-807-2100 or visit

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