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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


Aug 13, 2018 Sarah Davidsen
Aug 11, 2018 Pat Rowell
Aug 8, 2018 felipe guillen
Aug 6, 2018 PAOLA BALLANTI
Aug 5, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Aug 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2018 MARIA VEIGA
Aug 2, 2018 RICHARD LAUGHLIN
Aug 1, 2018 Tammy Gardner
Aug 1, 2018 Lynne potts
Aug 1, 2018 Teresa Wass
Aug 1, 2018 Carolyn Hinds
Aug 1, 2018 Judi Putnam
Aug 1, 2018 Iva Stoykova
Jul 31, 2018 William Kuehnling
Jul 31, 2018 Sheryl Adams
Jul 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2018 Carol Ann Holder If our President refuses to continue the MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM, then let him pay for it out of his personal monies.... Does he ever go hungry?
Jul 30, 2018 Andrea Neufield
Jul 30, 2018 Lynne van Husen This is outrageous!!!!
Jul 30, 2018 Shirley Noonan This is a critical program & needs to be preserved!
Jul 30, 2018 Debra Hall
Jul 30, 2018 Elaine Cheney
Jul 29, 2018 (Name not displayed) GET RID OF TRUMP
Jul 29, 2018 JoAnn Natarelli
Jul 28, 2018 Jeanne Crabb We must keep the Meals On Wheels Program
Jul 28, 2018 Sheila Gibson Lets take care of our own. Keep meals on wheels.
Jul 28, 2018 Palmela Green
Jul 28, 2018 Tom Pelley Our Seniors must have the vital Meals On Wheels program!
Jul 28, 2018 Sherry Pelley Please do NOT cut funding to the Health and Human Services Department for 2018, especially the vital Meals on Wheels programs!
Jul 28, 2018 Chris White
Jul 28, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please keep this program in the budget. It does so much good for so many people who need it.
Jul 28, 2018 Mary Lou Cole
Jul 28, 2018 Sherrie LieberPasarell
Jul 28, 2018 Mary Roy
Jul 28, 2018 Mary Skinner
Jul 28, 2018 Julianne Pitcher
Jul 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2018 Jennifer HOST-SIMON
Jul 28, 2018 Martha Pierce
Jul 27, 2018 Sherry Mills
Jul 26, 2018 Maria R. Gomez
Jul 26, 2018 Mariana Galán
Jul 26, 2018 (Name not displayed) Cutting this program would cost the government more in emergency hospital visits. God tells us over and over to feed the poor.
Jul 26, 2018 maggie lauer
Jul 26, 2018 Suzan McGlinch
Jul 26, 2018 Christopher Clark
Jul 26, 2018 Terri Hughes
Jul 26, 2018 Jennifer Wright My parents depended on Meals on Wheels when my dad was taking care of my Mom in at home while she was in the later stages of Alzheimer’s. I can’t imagine what they would’ve done without this service.
Jul 26, 2018 John and Martin

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