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The Trump Administration's proposed budget cuts advise eliminating community development block grants, which many of our country's Meals on Wheels programs rely on for support, placing our country's most vulnerable citizens at great risk.

Meals On Wheels has provided a crucial service to Americans since it was initiated by a small group of compassionate Philadelphians in 1954. The program not only provides nutritious meals to the elderly and impoverished, as well as their animals, it helps them maintain the social connections that add safety and human comfort to their lives.

Meals On Wheels attempts to feed the 10 million elderly Americans—that's one in six—who struggle with hunger in this country daily, as well as the 15.2 million living in isolation, and 18.4 million in or near poverty. The population of elderly citizens in the U.S. is expected to grow from around 60 million to over 112 million by 2050, making demand for Meals on Wheels services even greater.

More than 2.4 million homebound seniors from 60 years old to over 100 are served by Meals on Wheels every year, and a large number will be left hungry and alone if the program is defunded.

There are currently around 5,000 Meals on Wheels programs operating in the U.S., some which offer added benefits like pet food delivery, senior center meal programs, home repair services, and transportation. Younger generations may take those services for granted, but they lend a clinically proven lifeline to those who need it most. In a randomized test for Meals on Wheels America, a scientist from Brown University concluded that seniors gain mental and physical benefit from regular visits, possibly even keeping them out of the nursing home.

"It's not just a meal, but a wellness check," Sandra Noe, executive director of Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana told USA Today. "That volunteer, that driver is able to tune into whether that person's health is failing, or if they've fallen or can't get out of their chair. And we're delivering relief from isolation, and we’re delivering relief to their family as well."

The elimination of community block grants by way of a 16 percent cut to the Health and Human Services budget would not only burden communities already trying to fight poverty, it would make it impossible for some Meals on Wheels programs to continue operation.

This myopic attempt at trimming the budget hurts those who need the most help of all.

Sign to tell the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and President Trump to reconsider the proposed budget cuts and continue to fund community block grants and Meals on Wheels!

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To the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and President Trump,

The citizens of the United States have spoken, and we implore you to reconsider the proposed budget cuts to the Health and Human Services Department for 2018, specifically the community block grants that keep vital Meals on Wheels programs afloat.

Meals On Wheels attempts to feed the 10 million elderly Americans who struggle with hunger in this country daily, as well as the 15.2 million living in isolation, and 18.4 million in or near poverty. The population of elderly citizens in the U.S. is expected to grow from around 60 million to over 112 million by 2050, making demand for Meals on Wheels services even greater.

More than 2.4 million homebound Americans from 60 years old to over 100 are served by Meals on Wheels every year, and a large number will be left hungry and alone if the program is defunded.

There are currently around 5,000 Meals on Wheels programs operating in the U.S., some which offer added benefits like pet food delivery, senior center meal programs, home repair services, and transportation. They lend a clinically proven lifeline to those who need it most. A scientist from Brown University recently found that seniors gain mental and physical benefit from regular visits, possibly even keeping them out of the nursing home.

President Trump and Director Mulvaney, you of all people should understand the importance of supporting our senior citizens, as elected officials of a rapidly aging country. The idea of cutting support for Meals on Wheels is unjustifiable, and I demand you allow funding to community block grants to continue.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Jan Goodrich MacMillan
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is a very good prigram. My Mom and I used to deliver Meal on Wheels to the elderly. Some of them never got to see or talk with people except the people delivering them meals.
May 22, 2018 Jennifer Rhoads
May 22, 2018 Marcia Ayres
May 22, 2018 Don Auton
May 22, 2018 Marcy Lauer
May 22, 2018 Lisa Schureman
May 22, 2018 Deirdre Gately
May 22, 2018 MaryEllen Brisbin
May 22, 2018 Segolene Coatrieux
May 22, 2018 Sandra Stahl
May 22, 2018 Anne Shawe-Mendelow
May 22, 2018 Levi Deering
May 22, 2018 Debra Kaplan
May 22, 2018 Sue Spellman
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 20, 2018 Diane Hise
May 20, 2018 Joan Squires
May 20, 2018 Barbara Nelson
May 20, 2018 Ben Prosser
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) MEALS AND WHEELS is a much-appreciated program. And this administration needs to care FAR LESS about the billionaires and foreign investments; the US citizens should be their VERY first priority!
May 20, 2018 April Schulte
May 20, 2018 Debbie Lafferty
May 20, 2018 Kimberlee Johnnie These meals provide me elderly parents with nourishing meals without the danger of them requiring a stove or oven to heat the meals or them forgetting to turn the appliances off and burning things or starting a fire!
May 20, 2018 Marie-Claire Jacques
May 20, 2018 Ellen Marshall
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Connie Coe Taking money from this program and endangering our seniors is immoral. I would rather see defunding from ‘the wall’ or the ‘military parade’. You are not making America great again, you shame us all.
May 20, 2018 Wendy Morse
May 20, 2018 Juana Maria Valenti Fernandez
May 19, 2018 Cheryl Fendell
May 19, 2018 Ingrid Hauer
May 19, 2018 Joanie Ferguson
May 19, 2018 koenraad semnck
May 18, 2018 Judith DeCutler The demise of this program could result in hundreds of lives lost. When people who aren't able to fix meals for themselves, there are few options, especially for those in poverty or without family. These people could literally starve to death.
May 18, 2018 Christine Reinecke
May 18, 2018 Juanita Vela
May 18, 2018 Viktoria Loginova
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) Before cutting Meals on Wheels, senior leadership should go out on delivery of the meals throughout the country and see the people who need these meals.
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Bernie Doherty
May 18, 2018 David Meneses B.
May 18, 2018 Sarah Dugo I did this for years with my kids and if they could see the folks that really need this program they would never abolish it. Most of the people are elderly and housebound.
May 18, 2018 Diane Mattei
May 18, 2018 Paul Vander Linden
May 18, 2018 Kim Fortunato
May 18, 2018 Cindi Moss

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