$800,000 deficit forcing Tabitha Meals on Wheels to limit service in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Tabitha is making big changes to its Meals on Wheels program that a lot of people in Lincoln rely on.

This year alone, officials say they’re facing a major deficit of at least $800,000 just to cover costs.

Economic uncertainty has also led to a drastic drop in charitable donations and volunteers.

The price of food and health care keeps rising as well, while staffing issues and fallout from the pandemic put even more strain on the service.

Officials tell Channel 8 all of these struggles are forcing Tabitha to limit its delivery service to weekdays only.  This will go into effect on July 1st.

To further ensure those most in need receive meals, recipients will also now have to meet eligibility requirements.

You must be 60 years or older to qualify.  Other requirements include being unable to shop for and prepare meals.

Eligible recipients should also have no one else who can help them when it comes to purchasing and making food.

To learn more about this program and other Tabitha services head here.

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