Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

GOP, Dem lawmakers decry Trump's cut to Meals on Wheels

Kurowski said half of her organization's budget is used to deliver meals to more than 120 people a day by volunteers who handle four routes of 30 to 35 clients. "I am so happy and thankful because the food supplies are coming at a great time".

"We would have to hire another staff member just to deal with all of the paperwork", she said, adding that the reporting includes menu planning that would preclude the organization from accepting numerous donations they receive from local grocery stores.

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

He says many seniors have expressed concern that their meals could be in jeopardy.

Meals on Wheels is not a federal program, nor does it directly receive federal funding.

In Tarrant County, Chief Executive Carla Jutson posted an open letter over the weekend, saying 48 percent of the chapter's funding comes from various government entities.

Donations and volunteers have surged for Meals on Wheels following President Trump's proposed budget cuts that could seriously affect the organization.

For the cost of placing one person in a nursing home, Meals on Wheels can give 32 people the ability to live at home, supporters said. However, President Trump's 2018 fiscal year budget proposal could change that, as almost 40% of the non-profit's funding could be cut.

Did the White House budget director say Meals on Wheels "doesn't work"? "It is one I would never vote to cut even one dollar".

We looked at several local Meals on Wheels programs and found that block grant money was often a pittance, and as often as not the programs got no CDBG money.

Both agencies provide funding for Meals on Wheels, although its main source of funding is the Older Americans Act overseen by the Health and Human Services Department.

Some programs will be hit hard by Trump's budget and some might not be severely affected, Bertolette said.

"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", the authors of the budget blueprint say. Clearly, individuals are ready, willing and eager to support this program once they perceive a need.

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