Cut doesn't target local Meals on Wheels

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The Meals on Wheels program relies heavily on donations and funding. The blueprint states cutting CDBG would save $3 billion. Funds are being shifted to pay for increase military spending. "They would have to cut it", she said.

"I think they need the social outlet", she said. "And because we didn't really have a hearing, we didn't really process it". They say nearly all of that is dedicated to food costs, meaning money lost is food off the tables of the elderly.

Headland said the committee still is reviewing the bill before it heads to the floor for a vote.

"I knew I wasn't eating properly", says Eldracher. He noted the cap is a little more than what was paid this year. Clearly, federal funding for the national program office isn't the linchpin for its success.

Donations to Meals on Wheels programs have risen slightly since Trump introduced his budget, part of an upwelling of support Cancino said is important to keep going.

Wisconsin's U.S. Senators have differing views on President Trump's budget proposal. Heidi Heitkamp worry Meals on Wheels in North Dakota still could be in danger in light of White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney's comments. Curtis Hammond is the nutrition program manager at Missoula Aging Services and runs their Meals on Wheels program. Through a separate Volunteers of America program, The Homestead serves meals at the Pavilion, with RSVP required.

According to the Council on Aging of Central Oregon, Meals on Wheels serves 675 seniors across Central Oregon and provides 75,000 meals a year. Seniors are not charged for a meal, but are given the option of making a donation.

A team of volunteers packed their vehicles full of hot food at the Live Oak Senior Center Wednesday morning, preparing to bring it to hungry mid-county seniors.

Public funds at the local level, however, are more substantial, and Meals on Wheels gets much more funding through a different federal program. Clients will be writing what Meals on Wheels means to them on paper plates that will be delivered to politicians in Washington, D.C. Congress has yet to weigh in on the possible cut, but it generated a firestorm of controversy in recent days.

Losing the meals "would affect me greatly, but I worry about the people who aren't as lucky as I am, who don't have a caregiver", Jameson said.

The Brazos Valley branch serves almost 600 people each day, a number they don't want to cut.

Iseminger also anxious other programs the center provides could suffer, such as activities, health services, the resource team and transportation aid.

She told as much to North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, a prominent Trump supporter, when he delivered meals to her home Tuesday near Park Circle. "President Trump is wrong to eliminate this program and I will fight in the Senate against these cuts to a program that makes a difference in the lives of so many families in Wisconsin".

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