Meals on Wheels Sees Massive Spike in Volunteers After Budget Controversy

Claudine Rigal
Mars 21, 2017

The proposed elimination of the CDBG would take away close to two percent of the Meals on Wheels program's funding in the Valley.

Good's stance is that "we shouldn't be so upset about whatever Trump may do".

The budget also eliminates the $3 billion community block grant program, which some communities use to supplement Meals on Wheels and provide safety checks for the elderly.

Summey was among Donald Trump's earliest and most prominent Lowcountry supporters, and Trump's recently unveiled budget calls for slashing federal funding for Meals on Wheels. As a part of his draft, the President recommended eliminating the Community Development Block Grant, funding that is used to support Meals on Wheels and other programs here in the Valley.

Donna Cook, executive director of the Charleston Senior Center, where Summey will volunteer for North Charleston deliveries Tuesday, said her Meals on Wheels program, which serves much of Charleston County, has a $635,000 annual budget.

Meals on Wheels of Trenton, N.J., asked for $50,000 in community grant money a year ago, and got nothing.

"Without that money if we get another record cold winter these people can't turn their heat on", said McCoy. A total of $100,650 of that funding went to Meals on Wheels.

That's led to a mood of general anxiety for people like Jaime Chagnon who runs the Strafford Nutrition Meals on Wheels program in Somersworth.

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If the budget were to pass, Chagnon said it would likely be the end of the program, as community support and private donations wouldn't cover the difference. Both Republican and Democratic legislators have promised to protect the Meals on Wheels program.

Mike Mulvaney, director of Office of Management and Budget, defended the budget when asked if it was "hard-hearted" to those in need. "So I'm not panicked about this in any way", she explains. "He is President Trump's adviser. his vision has been to pull apart the 'administrative state, ' which is the government", Shea-Porter said, referencing comments Bannon made last month.

Shea-Porter said she will look out for program participants.

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