The daily lunches hundreds of needy Manatee County residents rely on through Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee could be in jeopardy.

Every year, volunteers with the organization deliver around 160,000 meals throughout the community.

"I have a hard time fixing my supper and meals so I appreciate it," said Jerry Tharbe, who receives a daily meal.

Tharbe lives alone and said without the service, he said he doesn't know what he'd do.

Maribeth Phillips, CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, is concerned about impending federal budget cuts are going to impact their services to residents like Tharbe. She said the sequestration budget battle in Washington could have a negative impact on their senior services.

"Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is facing a $68,000 cut as a result of the sequestrian," said Phillips. "For us that results in about 7,500 meals."

It's a loss that would be very tough on those who rely on these meals.

"I know I have that one meal coming," said Mr. Wilcox, who is blind and lives alone. He said this one meal is the only hot meal he eats all day long.

Rosa Tanksley, who is a volunteer, said these warm cooked meals are needed.

"It's such a pleasure to just be there to deliver meal them," said Tanksley.  "Sometimes I'm the only one they'll see all day and it's very sad."

This is true for Frankie Gerard, who enjoys her daily meal delivery service.

"Sometimes it's the only time people come by," said Gerard. "It's hard when you're living alone."

Despite the possible loss of funds, Phillips said Meals on Wheels will not stop delivering food.

"We just celebrated our 40th anniversary this past year and we have never turned a senior away and we never will," said Phillips.

Phillips said they hope to make up for the budget loss with donations and fundraisers.

The annual Tropical Nights fundraiser is being held Saturday, April 13th. Tickets are still available.