One program serves thousands of hot meals every day. But they say they'll be making some cutbacks due to a lack of funding.
The Meals on Wheels program says they cannot keep up with the increase in services for senior citizens. The nutrition program is funded through state and federal grants.
But, as more senior citizens are enrolling in the program, funding hasn't met the demand.
"It's very convenient. I don't have to cook. I'm all alone. The price is right," says 90-year-old Florence Pashayan.
Donating $2.25, Florence Pashayan can get a plate of food and socialize with her friends.
She says she comes to the Parway Senior Center in Utica twice a week to eat lunch.
The center is one of the twelve locations throughout the county, delivering 300 meals on a daily basis.
The Oneida County Office for Aging & Continuing Care Meals on Wheels program also serves 900 home delivered meals as well.
"A lot of people are shut ins. They can't get to the store. They may have disability or have trouble walking," said Valerie Morse.
Valerie Morse says she once was a volunteer delivering meals to senior citizens. But, as more and more people are being referred by hospitals, doctors and families, the program's funding hasn't kept up with the pace.
Director of the program, Michael Romano says they are looking at a projected 20 percent increase in costs in the food next year. And with gas prices the way they are Mr. Romano says they will be putting seniors on wait lists and cutting 200 meals a day.
"We instituted along with the waiting list is a hospital discharge plan. So if someone is discharged at a hospital stay we will provide a 10 day delivery to help that individual get through that transition," said Romano.
The Office for Aging & Continuing Care says funding has remained flat over the last years. But they say they will continue to advocate for more funding.