STATELINE (WIFR) -- If the Senate and the House don't get to work by Friday's deadline, many programs will be affected in the Stateline.
23 News Reporter Landon Cassman has more on one service that helps feed the elderly and disabled.
At around 11:15 every morning, Judy Meinert's daughter Melissa receives a knock on her front door. Marvin McDonald from Lifescape is there to deliver Melissa's nutritious lunch and dinner for the day.
"It's been a godsend for me because I don't have to prepare meals seven days a week," Meinert says.
Lifescape makes hundreds of these deliveries in the Stateline every single day.
If congress fails to stop the mandatory federal spending cuts from going into effect this Friday, Lifescape will be forced to cut eight thousand meals a year from its meals on wheels program.
Meinert tells us, "I just hope that it doesn't get cancelled. I hope it doesn't get cut back. I hope that somehow, somewhere, there's funding for these people so that they can continue on this program. Because there's many people with disabilities like my daughter."
Lifescape delivers about three thousand meals every day, and with cuts of more than eighty thousand dollars, thirty one people would have to be removed from the program.
"It would be very difficult to call someone up and say, 'Well, gee wiz, we're awfully sorry. We can't provide the meal that you need, simply because we don't have the money for it.' And so it'd be a very tough choice to make. But it'll have to be the ones that are most needy, " said Lifescape Director Alan Jones.
That's a choice Lifescape staff hopes it won't have to make come Friday.
Jones says people have already been calling in with concerns about cuts to the program.
Many, in fact, have offered to cancel their service in order to make sure those in more need still receive help.