Meals on Wheels Program Will Not Be Eliminated by Federal Budget

Meals on Wheels Program Will Not Be Eliminated by Federal Budget

"It's been heartwarming to see this groundswell of support over the last 24 to 48 hours", Jenny Bertolette, vice president of communications for Meals on Wheels America, told HuffPo.

Meals on Wheels of San Francisco driver Jim Fleming loads meals into a van before making deliveries in 2013. "I am so happy and thankful because the food supplies are coming at a great time".

"That human contact, for many of our clients, that's the only human being they'll talk to that day", she says.

As soon as the story started to spread, donations began pouring into Meals on Wheels.

Meals on Wheels says it costs about $2,500 to provide a homebound senior with daily meals over one year, about the same as a one-day hospital stay or ten days in a nursing home.

Mulvaney, obviously, wasn't saying that Meals on Wheels doesn't work. A local Dallas station reported that the program would lose "all of its federal funding".

Meals on Wheels, the popular service that provides food to the elderly, faces a sharp funding cut under President Donald Trump's budget proposal, drawing protests from congressional Republicans and Democrats.

Libarkin delivers meals to people across Lansing every week.

The Trump administration's outlined budget blueprint promises to slash funding across several government departments.

OMB spokesman John Czwartacki said later Sunday that Mulvaney meant to say that Meals on Wheels' national headquarters gets 3 percent of its funding from the government and that he was not referring to the amount of funding that comes from community development block grants. But to say Trump is mercilessly cutting a program that saves elderly lives is an oversimplification of the larger budget problem.

"The cancer doctor gave me the phone number and said that I wasn't eating right, because when you don't have much money, you eat peanut butter sandwiches". It is unknown whether any part of this reduction will include the Nutrition Service Programs, which helps to fund Meals on Wheels. Clearly, individuals are ready, willing and eager to support this program once they perceive a need. But some programs in Albany County, like the Heating Energy Assistance Program, is directly funded by the federal government and is on the chopping block.