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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


Feb 20, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Feb 20, 2018 Rick Squire
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 rosemarie werner
Feb 20, 2018 Lori Nightingale
Feb 20, 2018 Jeanette Taylor
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 debbie mason
Feb 18, 2018 Irene Murphy
Feb 18, 2018 Susan Ellis
Feb 17, 2018 Janis Higgins
Feb 17, 2018 Myrna Alvarado
Feb 17, 2018 Jelica Roland
Feb 17, 2018 Rosemary Rannes
Feb 17, 2018 Amanda Diiorio
Feb 17, 2018 Heide-Marie Henniger
Feb 17, 2018 Jonathan Ludwig
Feb 17, 2018 Warren Allely
Feb 16, 2018 Davor Maznik
Feb 15, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Feb 13, 2018 Lisa Margraf
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 Deborah Wright Why pick on the seniors and the poor for your budget cuts? Cut a big chunk out of the wealthy, they can afford it. We can't! Leave the services for the seniors, poor and homeless! Meals on wheels serves over 2 billion people who depend on it. No cuts plz!
Feb 12, 2018 Gloria Olson
Feb 12, 2018 Amanda LaVere
Feb 12, 2018 Sharon Potter
Feb 12, 2018 Sophie Sallai
Feb 12, 2018 Linnette Van Dyke-Pearson This program needs to continue. there are enough hungry people in our country. Depriving those who count on it is wrong.
Feb 12, 2018 Heather Ferguson
Feb 12, 2018 Laura Dean I can't believe we would allow Meals on Wheels to be discontinued. What does that say about us?
Feb 12, 2018 Debra Stevens Meals on Wheels saves lives!!!
Feb 12, 2018 Lenore Norman
Feb 12, 2018 Ida Gardner
Feb 12, 2018 Angelitta Ware-Anderson Save Meals on Wheels!!!
Feb 12, 2018 CHARLOTTE GASSER LET US FIGHT FOR KEEPING MEALS ON WHEELS!!!
Feb 12, 2018 Denise Sisler
Feb 12, 2018 tharinee pongchaiyapoom
Feb 12, 2018 Terry Alcorn
Feb 12, 2018 Michelle LaVoie
Feb 12, 2018 Patty Hunter Sorry, but, Meals on Wheels is very important for the shut-ins and elderly.. don't want them to starve.
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2018 Nancy Rich
Feb 11, 2018 Barb Benedict
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) SERIOUSLY. ...Let Trump go hungry then see how it feels!My sister benefits daily with receiving meals on wheels due to her health she can't cook anymore!
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Jennifer R
Feb 10, 2018 Victoria Finklea
Feb 10, 2018 Dona Anderson To cut meals on wheels would be criminal!!
Feb 10, 2018 Cay Miller

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