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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


Jul 16, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 16, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Jul 15, 2018 Diane Wilson My mother had this to make sure someone looked in on her every day. She paid for her meals. This is a great service!
Jul 14, 2018 Susan Roberts-Ibarra
Jul 12, 2018 Valerie Brown
Jul 12, 2018 Melissa French
Jul 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) Keep Meals on Wheels rolling to give hope and energy to those recipients.
Jul 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2018 D Thomas Hunger first hurts, then kills
Jul 10, 2018 Debra Foster
Jul 10, 2018 TIZIANA STANZANI
Jul 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2018 Sandy Klupar
Jul 10, 2018 Kris Chiappa
Jul 9, 2018 Cynthia Chan
Jul 8, 2018 Christine Brazzell
Jul 8, 2018 Roberta Hovey So many of our elderly count on these meals, and the people who deliver them may be the only human contact they have, most of the time.
Jul 8, 2018 Айриш Фокс
Jul 8, 2018 Priscilla Hoke
Jul 8, 2018 Sara Meunier
Jul 8, 2018 Gabriella Riba
Jul 8, 2018 Lois Baum THe number of elderly citizens in the U.S. soon will double and programs like Meals on Wheels will be more necessary than ever.i
Jul 8, 2018 Rhonda Rivera Please do not cut this program. Many seniors need this program
Jul 8, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jul 8, 2018 Kathryn Brady
Jul 8, 2018 Carolyn Riddle
Jul 8, 2018 James Harriff This program is essential to hundreds of seniors in our community who would otherwise not get sufficient healthy meals
Jul 8, 2018 Roger Nehring
Jul 8, 2018 Diane Puso to care for our elderly by providing 1 healthy pre-cooked (for those who no longer can ) 5 days a week should not be too much to ask, the program should even be expanded to 7 days a week
Jul 8, 2018 Ramona Mann
Jul 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2018 Emiko Bell Of course Trump is about cutting services to the most vulnerable in the community, as he cares for no one but himself. If he succeeds, hopefully they'll go private.
Jul 8, 2018 Deanne Daniell
Jul 8, 2018 Donna Schmitgen
Jul 8, 2018 Clay Brantley The funds to feed the elderly must be maintained.
Jul 8, 2018 Margie Hancock
Jul 8, 2018 Sandra Richards
Jul 8, 2018 Sylvie PIRAS
Jul 8, 2018 CHRIS D
Jul 7, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jul 7, 2018 Peter Miller
Jul 6, 2018 Carol Lavoie Please Pres.Trump, do not do something that will hurt millions of elderly people. Meals on Wheels is so necessary to those who need this meal. Do not cut the budget for Meal on Wheels. THank you.
Jul 6, 2018 Debbie Zappen
Jul 6, 2018 martha schwartz
Jul 6, 2018 Jamie Lucas
Jul 6, 2018 Cheryll Poulin impecu trump
Jul 6, 2018 Trang Nguyen
Jul 6, 2018 James Bond

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