Meals On Wheels Could Soon Face Funding Crisis

Budget: Let's start with a basic fact. However, President Trump's 2018 fiscal year budget proposal could change that, as almost 40% of the non-profit's funding could be cut.

How do we know this?

Manatee County elected officials will deliver meals to local clients from March 20 to March 24.

Both agencies provide funding for Meals on Wheels, although its main source of funding is the Older Americans Act overseen by the Health and Human Services Department.

If the budget were to pass, Chagnon said it would likely be the end of the program, as community support and private donations wouldn't cover the difference.

What Trump's does propose is cutting is the corruption-prone Community Development Block Grant program, run out of Housing and Urban Development.

Meals on Wheels services are administered by local organizations all over the country and is not a federal program.

Other local Meals on Wheels programs have less at stake on the outcome of Trump's proposed budget.

Time magazine, for example, blared that Trump's budget "would kill a program that feeds 2.4 million senior citizens".

Bertolette said the support to the national Meals on Wheels office has been "amazing" and "very overwhelming".

The chief executive of Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County has written an open letter, responding to President Trump's initial budget blueprint.

The Trump administration has not announced cuts to the 60's era law, but the program worries that cuts could soon be coming.

But it's a tiny amount. "We wanted to show that the impact is going to be on real people and it's not just numbers out there". And 0.17% goes to "food banks".

Serving more meals than ever to Lincoln's elderly.Tabitha is concerned by potential cuts in federal funding to their Meals on Wheels program.

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

The cuts would take away $3 billion from Community Development Block Grants. It received no grant money the year before, either. But why bother reporting facts when you can make up a story that will drive Trump's approval ratings even lower? It is unknown whether any part of this reduction will include the Nutrition Service Programs, which helps to fund Meals on Wheels.

Grove City Meals on Wheels in southwestern Mercer County also said they do not receive government money. In two days, the charity got more than $100,000 in donations - 50 times more than they'd normally receive. But some programs in Albany County, like the Heating Energy Assistance Program, is directly funded by the federal government and is on the chopping block.