Bertolette says there would be a "more sweeping negative impact" on Meals on Wheels if that funding shrinks.
"Are you surprised?" Miller asked.
Kim Ciccone, another recipient, said she's been getting the meals temporarily since she injured her knee last month.
Lubbock Meals on Wheels will continue serving 700 meals a day, five days a week even if a Presidential proposal to cut funding to the national association comes to pass.
Then there's this: "These programs are also aligned with the federal cost-containment policy to rebalance long-term care away from nursing homes to home- and community-based services by helping older adults maintain independence and remain in their homes and communities as their health and functioning decline".
The Meals on Wheels program at Korean Community Services is one of a few that serve distinctly immigrant communities.
Mulvaney went on to describe the budget, due in May, as "one of the most compassionate things we can do".
Other directors of IL meals-on-wheels programs said they feared the worst - from reductions in meal services to layoffs for already thin program staff to unfair and irresponsible treatment of seniors.
This makes a dramatic influx of funding for the program, which serves 2.4 million Americans (including 500,000 veterans), relies heavily on volunteer drivers to get the hot meals to beneficiaries, and normally receives approximately $1,000 a day in donations. Without them, the program would have trouble serving food to all that need their help to attain it. America's Meals on Wheels normally needs more money, but many programs across the country get a lot more love.
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney defended the proposed cuts, saying Washington "can't spend money on programs just because they sound good - and great". One option is to add money to supplement Meals on Wheels funding. While the national office receives just 3 percent of its funding from government funds, its the programs at the local level, that receive money through the CDBG, that would be hard hit by the proposed cut. At least that's the hashtag (#LetThemDie) unleashed after Trump released his proposed 2018 budget framework on March 15. Unfortunately for him, history is not going to be kind to the man who only won the White House because of his vocal racism, bigotry, misogyny and overall hateful platform.
A 2013 report on the effectiveness of Meals on Wheels found that the home-delivered meals "significantly improve diet quality, increase nutrient intakes, and reduce food insecurity and nutritional risk among participants".
The nationwide Meals on Wheels network, which is comprised of 5,000 local, community-based programs, provided roughly 219 million meals to 2.4 million seniors a year ago.
"We're a boots-on-the-ground organization", she said.
Meals on Wheels is responding quickly, by actively seeking donations and volunteers. New jobs would soon be coming available for people willing to push handcarts through towns and cities across the nation, collecting the bodies of starving senior citizens who had fallen victim to the Trump presidency.
The Central Alabama Aging Consortium, an Alabama Department of Senior Services program, contracts with MACOA to provide meals to individuals 60 and older in Montgomery who meet certain criteria. And since the federal government started to apply more performance measurements to federal programs in the Bush administration those block grants have been "just not showing any results", he said.