“We have Monday through Friday – the days we deliver”. I know! It sounded unrealistic to me, too!
Doug Pick, the CEO of FeedMore, said that he was surprised when he heard the White House Budget Director say that Meals-on-Wheels is a program that does not work or show results. “Now we’re saying to them, ‘You’re not worthy of anything'”.
Trump has proposed cutting the Health and Human Services budget by 17 percent and that could affect the Meals on Wheels program, which is overseen by the Valley Area Agency on Aging.
For many seniors, that meal is the only one they have each day, and delivery volunteers may provide their only social interaction.
“Meals on Wheels is a wonderful program”, he said.
They not only deliver the meals, they visit for a minute or two, and they often notice if something is wrong. Others depend on volunteers.
A Meals On Wheels of San Francisco worker prepares meals.. However, the organization says that it already can not keep up with growing demand from seniors who need help. The meals are convenient and healthy and easy, he said. “Meals on Wheels can not sustain any further funding cuts”.
“When you start looking at places that we reduce spending, one of the questions we asked was can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs?”
“They’re the eyes. They see if a person has fallen and broken their hip or they look around discretely to see if there is a deterioration in the environment, to see if there is a deterioration in the person’s ability to communicate”, said Shade.
The programme Mr Trump is seeking to axe – known as the 21st Century Community Learning Centers – helps school districts, churches and nonprofit groups put on programmes for children who often have nowhere else to go after school. “We’re already doing this the most efficient way that we can”.
One of the programs on the chopping block is Meals on Wheels by way of a Community Development Block Grant. MOW programs simply can not do any more with less.
Of course, no conservative would tell you they are against feeding hot meals to lonely seniors, or want to see them starved and without the daily company.
“There is much to be concerned about the President’s proposed blueprint”, said Wilson.
Likewise the Paul Ryan health care budget, a budget that, among other things, takes away about $800 million in funds to help the poor and gives the wealthiest Americans a tax cut worth about $800 million over 10 years.
Everyday across the country, Meals on Wheels delivers free, nutritious meals to needy people who are home bound, like 82-year-old Joyce Prewett of Alexandria.
Anderson says any cutback in funding, would hurt some of neediest people on many levels, including the personal connection they make.