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Meals on Wheels Reacts to Proposed Cuts

Meals on Wheels Reacts to Proposed Cuts

Meals on Wheels services are administered by local organizations all over the country and is not a federal program. "No one wants to cut anything", told the CNN panel, "And I think that was the most revealing thing, as it often is, that we can not have a grown-up conversation about actually making priorities in government".

As Meals on Wheels America explained, some Community Development Block Grant money does end up going to some of the local Meals on Wheels programs.

The exact size of the proposed cut is unknown, but White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has said the government "can't spend money on programs just because they sound good - and great".

President Trump's skinny budget may starve the Meals on Wheels program for 2.4 million low-income seniors.

Jutson says independence offered by Meals on Wheels can help people avoid moving to a nursing home.

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In the budget, block grants totaling $3 billion are cut. That means the program in the Detroit suburb could serve one meal a day instead of two, she said.

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.

Meals on Wheels says so.

Volunteer sign-ups also jumped, increasing by 500 percent, according to Jenny Bertolette, a spokeswoman for Meals on Wheels America.

Still, with 30 years of Meals on Wheels experience under her belt, she's confident the budget won't pass as-is, so long as citizens, like those who attended the roundtable, speak up. Both Republican and Democratic legislators have promised to protect the Meals on Wheels program.

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Isn't this how charity is supposed to work, with people donating their own time, money and resources to causes they feel are important, rather than sitting back and expecting the federal government to do it for them?

Mike Mulvaney, director of Office of Management and Budget, defended the budget when asked if it was "hard-hearted" to those in need. Contrary to news reports last week, President Trump is not eliminating funding for Meals on Wheels.

But Meals on Wheels officials pushed back on that, saying the program saved taxpayers millions of dollars.

Shea-Porter said she will look out for program participants.

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