NH Meals On Wheels Providers Nervous About Trump Budget

Now, Senior Citizens Incorporated, which operates the Meals on Wheels program in our area, is sharing their concerns over the budget proposal.

"We've already got waiting lists for all our programs right now, people who are just waiting for a spot to open up, to give them that opportunity to have that service", Griffin said.

"I want to tell all your viewers please write your senators and congresspeople and let them know you will not take this lightly", said Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.

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.

Meals on Wheels stated that the program opposes any cut to its funding. Money from these programs is filtered to the states and is divvied up to help fund state contracts for social programs.

Nevertheless, when reporters asked Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney about Meals on Wheels last week, he didn't point out that the budget doesn't touch the program. A statement issued by Meals on Wheels America on Thursday notes that 35% of the revenues at the 5,000 or so local Meals on Wheels programs come via the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program.

Similarly, Ellen Horwitz of Meals on Wheels of West Los Angeles said there's been an "abundance of people calling in the last two days saying, 'Can we help?'"

The federal government's budget proposal could slash funding to community-based non-profits, including Meals on Wheels.

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.

The Trump administration has not announced cuts to the 60's era law, but the program worries that cuts could soon be coming. But why bother reporting facts when you can make up a story that will drive Trump's approval ratings even lower?

About Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee: While initially founded in 1972, the organization grew over the years, and the "PLUS" was eventually added to the name as a way of representing the many other services offered. Clearly, individuals are ready, willing and eager to support this program once they perceive a need. About $600,000 of it comes from the federal government directly or through the state.

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