The Meals On Wheels Lie Keeps Rolling Along

Mar 21, 2017, 00:39

"Meals on Wheels sounds great".

Good news for us, though.

"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".

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.

As Congress begins to ponder President Trump's budget plan, a local organization that could be greatly affected by it held a fundraiser today.

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

Monday's roundtable presented an opportunity for dozens of Strafford County residents to voice their concerns over the proposed budget, specifically on how it will impact the Meals on Wheels program in the Granite State.

Meals on Wheels is responding quickly, by actively seeking donations and volunteers.

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"What if it was your grandmother, or grandfather, or your aunt or your uncle, that they just needed one meal a day to help them through.that's why you should donate", says Libarkin.

Meals On Wheels America serves almost 2.5 million seniors, veterans, and others who are disabled across the nation.

Perhaps Mr. Trump should ride with a Meals on Wheels van and witness the profound benefits to our nation's most vulnerable seniors.

According to Hollander, Meals on Wheels has had a tremendously successful "public-private partnership", for which every "federal dollar is matched with about three dollars from other sources".

"It's a federal issue, and we're going to leave it at that", city spokesman Ryan Johnson said of funding for the program.

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

White House officials question the effectiveness of programs such as Meals on Wheels. "Well actually, this community grant program is a hive of cronyism and corruption", she explained, "Let's actually look at what it's doing. He is President Trump's adviser. his vision has been to pull apart the 'administrative state, ' which is the government", Shea-Porter said, referencing comments Bannon made last month.

"Meals on Wheels is a wonderful program", he said. He's not even cutting it.