Proposed cuts would impact Meals on Wheels funding
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 7:11
"A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again" could end up severely hurting the senior food program.
I challenge any program or business to do more with less than Meals on Wheels programs have done.
Mulvaney emphasised that Trump's "hard power" budget aimed to increase spending on defence in part by finding cuts in domestic spending.
Donald Trump's budget cuts to school departments and educational programs are a bit of an anomaly, as students in the US are ranked "in the middle of the pack" and "lag behind many other advanced industrial nations", per the Pew Research Center.
The president's budget proposal would get rid of about a third of the funding for Meals on Wheels programs across the country.
Korean War veteran Jessie Wallace starting getting food delivered from Meals on Wheels five years ago when his wife was still alive.
Any decent human being who understands the extent of this need and grasps the poignancy of the image of lonely, hungry seniors would have either avoided this budget cut, or tried to explain it in compassionate terms.
"We leverage that government money, combine it with our client fees which are based on a client fee scale, overhead cost that we provide, and volunteers which don't cost us anything but if we had to pay for them would cost more money", said Michele Grasso, Development Director for Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County".
7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly has some reaction.
"I don't get it, America has enough food to feed the entire world", he said.
A loss of federal funding would reduce other revenues at the council on aging because the federal support draws matching and in-kind donations, according to Supplee.
"Once that budget passes, it will nearly be instantaneously affecting us", Kitson says.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks during Thursday's daily press briefing.
"To say Meals on Wheels has no value is really frustrating", Covington said Friday.
Other city agencies including TARC and the Air Pollution Control District and others would also face cutbacks.
Earlier research by Thomas has also shown: 1) States that invest more in delivering meals to seniors' homes have lower rates of "low-care" seniors in nursing homes; and 2) Expanding such programs would help some seniors who are on Medicaid to stay out of nursing homes, saving 26 states money.
"In a pure conservative world there wouldn't be any government funds for social programs, unless it was something people couldn't do on their own, but we believe that charity is best served in the private sector", said Hogue. You're focusing on recipients of the money. "If we get less funding that is fewer meals we can deliver, fewer services we can provide", said Rosenfeld.
"We can't spend money on programs just because they sound good", said Mulvaney.