White House Didn't Claim Meals on Wheels Doesn't Get Results
Mar 19 2017 by Alex Thomas
In that regard, Meals on Wheels joins the list of organizations that have seen a spike in public support and donations from Trump's critics.
Nearly half of those savings will come by eliminating the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program, which provides money for a variety of community development and anti-poverty programs, including Meals on Wheels. The program delivers 4,000 meals per day in Bexar County.
A typical day starts in the morning when staff and volunteers at Lee's Summit Medical Center prepare lunch in the cafeteria's kitchen.
During a press conference, Trump's budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, defended the cuts, saying the program is "just not showing any results".
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One of the proposed budget cuts could have the ax falling pretty hard here in the Lehigh Valley. CEO Vinsen Faris says it receives about $300,000 from that pot of money.
"Housing and Urban Development and the Community Development Block Grants aren't exclusively about housing".
"There's lots of studies where it makes them stay healthy because they are getting nutrition that they need, they're not getting junk food it's food that's health for them, " said Greg Fitzgerald the senior services supervisor for meals on wheels in Macon county.
Faris says that retraction would only be if the cuts actually go through when the federal budget is approved.
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The organization says it spends $1.43 billion for its total nutritional programs, while saving the federal government $34 billion in Medicare and Medicaid costs.
"I've been involved in civil legal services for more than 40 years". So any cuts are going to have an effect on the amount of service we're able to provide.
One of those clients, Barbara Hamrick, has been relying on Meals on Wheels for 3 years. That equates to 178,000 meals. She said cutting the National Endowment for the Arts is devastating. "If this budget was enacted, it would obviously just make matters so much worse". "How would they survive if that was taken away from them", said Darlena Colvin. The program served about 2.4 million seniors a year ago, including more than 500,000 veterans. "Our priorities are kind sort of messed up because I'm proud of what I do because we are giving life, giving respect, giving dignity to our clients to our senior citizens", Harris said.
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