Leaders on wheels deliver meals

Solana Beach Councilman Dave Roberts and Del Mar Mayor Richard Earnest delivered lunches and dinners to senior citizens on March 24 as part of the Meals-on-Wheels annual “Mayors for Meals Day.”

Roberts rode with longtime volunteers Howard and Linda Britton to homes in Solana Beach, Cardiff and Encinitas.

“It was just nice to just hear their stories and to see that there is a compassionate program like this that provides service to those that need it,” Roberts said.

Meals-on-Wheels is funded largely through grants and donations from organizations and cities. It received $20,000 last year from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, but last week, the board voted to cut its neighborhood reinvestment program’s funding in half next fiscal year. It is unclear how much less organizations such as Meals-on-Wheels will receive as the region continues to battle the recession.

For more on how the Board of Supervisors’ budget cuts could affect local nonprofits, see this related story:

Supervisors cut donations to nonprofits in half