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For Immediate Release:
February 20, 2014
Media Contact:
Betty Aguirre

Chairwoman Sosa urges state to save elder meal programs

(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL)  – The Miami-Dade County Commission is urging the state to save funding for elder meal programs that provide thousands of meals for the elderly in Miami-Dade County.

On Feb. 19, the Commission passed a resolution sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to oppose any efforts in the Legislature to cut funding for meal programs for the low-income elderly, stressing the impact such cuts would have on Miami-Dade, which is home to 350,000 seniors and a third of the state’s Medicaid population.

“Any cuts to the state’s elder meal programs would be devastating to our County because of our large and growing population of senior citizens who rely on them,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “I urge Tallahassee to protect these programs, which provide a lifeline to so many seniors living on a fixed income.”

For more information, please contact Chairwoman Sosa’s office at 305-375-4696.