Trump’s Budget Cuts Meals on Wheels

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A shocking new report outlines President Trump’s 2018 budget plans. Within the report, it is stated that Community Development Block Grant program will be eradicated to save the government $3 billion. This program is the program responsible for funding meals on wheels.

Meals on Wheels is an organization dedicated to feeding elderly Americans. Not only do they deliver food, but they also spend quality time with senior citizens. Annually, Meals on Wheels helps 2.4 million seniors.

“The Federal Government has spent over $150 billion on this block grant since its inception in 1974, but the program is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results,” said the budget on why the program will be shut down.

Though the report claims there have been no results, Meals on Wheels claims that they have helped save taxpayer $31 billion due to less senior citizens falling and injuring themselves. They have also helped millions of seniors to remain at home while living a healthy lifestyle and spending time with volunteers.
Meals on Wheels only receives about 3% of their budget from government grants so it is impossible to tell how this will affect the organizations locally. However, Jenny Bertolette of Meals on Wheels says, “It is difficult to imagine a scenario in which they will not be significantly and negatively impacted if the President’s budget were enacted.”

Elderly Americans, the homebound, and veterans would face a massive loss if the budget was approved. According to the program, veterans make up about 500,000 of the recipients and benefit greatly from it. The food provides a good meal and the volunteers and workers provide nice company for lonely elders.

Volunteering at Meals on Wheels is an easy, fun way to make an impact. According to Meals on Wheels’ Senior Fact Maps, Texas has a senior population of 16.5% and of that, 30% are living in poverty. 19% are hungry, and 22% are lonely.

The organization likes to see themselves as “taking care of those who once to care of us.” If this budget is passed, it will seriously alter millions of elderly citizen’s lives in a horrible way and could be the decision between life and death for many all over the country.

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