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You probably heard in recent days that President Trump’s proposed budget threatens home delivered meals programs like Meals on Wheels. It doesn’t eliminate money for the service but the controversy in the media was about the elimination of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program which some municipalities use to supplement funding for home delivered and congregate meal programs. Most of the funding for meals programs comes to county governments and their aging services through funding from the Administration on Aging and the State Office for the Aging. There could be more cuts to the program since the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is targeted for cuts of 16% and the AoA is part of HHS. Private funds are also raised through donations from individuals as well as the corporate sector.
In a TV interview last Friday, I made the point that “Meals on Wheels” programs are the best type of program, combining government and private support with an army of wonderful volunteers who deliver the meals. The volunteer may be the only person to see the older person receiving the meals. The volunteer can report back if the person has any urgent health needs or other problems.
This program has broad support so I was dumbfounded listening to Trump’s Budget Director Mick Mulvaney questioning the program and saying we couldn’t keep funding services that don’t have value. Obviously he doesn’t know what he is talking about. There is strong bipartisan support for the program and I believe the budget cuts proposed will be greatly resisted and scaled back or defeated but we have to make a stink with our Congress members!
Here is the link to an interview I did last Friday, March 17 about the threat to home delivered meals.
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