Meals on Wheels Will Keep Rolling Regardless of Federal Budget

Claudine Rigal
Марта 22, 2017

This story originally aired on March 21, 2017.

Since President Trump's budget proposal was unveiled last Thursday, Meals on Wheels America, the national group which says it supports more than 5,000 community-based organizations that deliver meals to homebound seniors, has seen a flood of donations.

"We can serve someone for about a year on Meals on Wheels for about $1,700". "The quality of life is at home, that's where they want to be".

"By preventing and expediting recovery from illness, injury and surgery, Meals on Wheels reduces unnecessary visits to the emergency room, admissions and readmission to hospitals and premature placement in nursing homes", the article stated. "And we're fortunate enough to have them seven days a week". Meals on Wheels of Charleston serves 600 meals a day- over 161,000 meals a year- a total budget of more than $600,000. "They form a relationship".

"The news that Meals on Wheels funding would be cut has caused hysteria with our seniors", said Catherine Walcroft, director of The Senior Junction in Burley.

"We can't spend money on programs anymore just because they sound good and great, Meals on Wheels sounds great", Mulvaney said. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the Trump budget would "take money from Meals on Wheels and give it to the Defense Department".

Meals on Wheels services are administered by local organizations all over the country and is not a federal program.

Gaetz reminds everyone that a President's budget plan is just a proposal, and a lot can happen in Congress before the spending plan reaches final approval.

"We may have to cut back to one meal a day for those who have no other options in the evening time or it could result in us closing the program to new participants". "I wouldn't view any one particular line item or budget category in the President's budget as dispositive". We ought to continue investing in programs that are in fact proven and effective.

But by far, the biggest source of federal funding for Meals on Wheels programs comes from another source: the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program, which is run by the Department Of Health and Human Services.

The agency helps fund the Meals on Wheels program and provides oversight for the program in six Southeastern Michigan Counties including Oakland.

Meals on Wheels services do not all receive blanket federal funding.

The Council is also contacting members of the local legislative delegation. "Federal funding is at risk", says the homepage of the nonprofit's website, "Help us defend these vital services today". They say nearly all of that is dedicated to food costs, meaning money lost is food off the tables of the elderly.

Meals on Wheels has jumped into the spotlight in the last week after the Trump Administration released its "skinny budget". That is, lead to a spike in donations.

Trump wants to use the money he would save from these programs for a military buildup.

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