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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


Sep 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2017 Jennifer Vaca
Sep 15, 2017 Kathy Morehouse
Sep 14, 2017 Karla Price
Sep 14, 2017 Jerrey Weiss
Sep 14, 2017 Steven Schueller
Sep 14, 2017 Susan Schueller
Sep 14, 2017 Sonia Watson
Sep 14, 2017 susi holloway for some seniors, the meals on wheels delivery people are the only welcome visitors they get. this service needs to be continued because we, as a nation, need to care for all the citizens!
Sep 14, 2017 Carole Paulson
Sep 14, 2017 Christie Rawls
Sep 14, 2017 LynnMeta Williams
Sep 14, 2017 Laura Ochinero Meet the need - don't cut essential programs!
Sep 14, 2017 Louise Blackwood
Sep 14, 2017 Patricia Chandler Seniors earned protection!
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 Robin Patten
Sep 14, 2017 Jim Purss
Sep 14, 2017 Laura Page Please keep Meals On Wheels
Sep 14, 2017 Debi Hertel
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 April Bowers If Trump is willing to set up a LARGE trust to feed the elderly, fine! Otherwise leave this program alone!!
Sep 14, 2017 Jean Gizzo
Sep 14, 2017 DEE HOUSE
Sep 14, 2017 William Sullivan This is not an acceptable budget cut. Rather, it's a huge disservice to America's senior citizens who have contributed so much to our country.
Sep 14, 2017 Eliza Duncan
Sep 14, 2017 Cheryl Boyce
Sep 14, 2017 Marian Eichhorn
Sep 14, 2017 Sheila D
Sep 14, 2017 Charles Lowery
Sep 14, 2017 Robert Furem
Sep 14, 2017 robert dowling
Sep 14, 2017 Ertie Evangelista
Sep 14, 2017 frances traschen
Sep 14, 2017 Jennifer Johnson
Sep 14, 2017 S.J. Anderson
Sep 14, 2017 Kirsten Schelbert This is an illegitimate government trying to take meals away from legitimately hungry folks...? HOW did it get so bad????
Sep 14, 2017 Brianna Kohlenberg
Sep 14, 2017 Connie Kraft Taking food out of the mouths of American senior citizens? Come on Trump Adm most folks are not billionaires that have food available at a moments notice.You would have to truly experience not having food to accurately know how it feels. Shame on YOU!!!!
Sep 14, 2017 Althea Day
Sep 14, 2017 Dave Mattozzi
Sep 14, 2017 C. Marshall
Sep 14, 2017 Michael J. Steflik
Sep 14, 2017 Gloria Bryant Proof that GREED is your main motive by cutting funding for Meals on Wheels programs to put more into your own accounts as well as those of your cronies and the companies that fund the BRIBES you take and keep. Stop this stealing NOW!
Sep 14, 2017 Michael Furia
Sep 14, 2017 Marissa Golomboski
Sep 14, 2017 Pia Vartabedian
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) This program for seniors is absolutely necessary for most seniors health & safety. The 1 in 6 theory is bunk, as I personally know of many who won't seek government help due to pride. It is MUCH higher.
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) For some seniors, this is the only meal they have daily. Do you really want people to starve in the USA?

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