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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 bravest citizens at great risk.

Meals On Wheels has provided a crucial service to American veterans 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 500,000 homebound veterans 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. 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.

"Any cuts to Meals on Wheels funding could cause programs to start waiting lists and cut back on the number of meals served," said Jenny Bertolette, a spokesperson for Meals on Wheels. "This would no doubt effect veteran recipients in states that use those block grants to support Meals on Wheels."

The elimination of Community Development 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 and veteran homelessness, it would make it impossible for some Meals on Wheels programs to continue operation as usual.

This myopic attempt at trimming the budget hurts those who need the most help of all, those who truly deserve our unending respect and support.

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 Development 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. These programs provide a lifeline for the elderly veterans of our country who would be otherwise cut off from society.

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 500,000 homebound veterans 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. 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.

President Trump and Director Mulvaney, you of all people should understand the importance of supporting our veterans, as elected officials of our great nation. The idea of cutting support for Meals on Wheels is unjustifiable, and I demand you allow funding to Community Development Block Grants to continue.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Feb 24, 2018 Kathryn Fenn
Feb 24, 2018 Christina Segerström
Feb 24, 2018 Roni Friedman
Feb 18, 2018 tina browne
Feb 14, 2018 Armida Franceschini
Feb 13, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
Feb 12, 2018 Martha Kubik
Feb 12, 2018 Charlene Marshall
Feb 12, 2018 Ana Alvarez
Feb 12, 2018 linda vann Even rich people will not live forever. Do the right thing in all matters so your conscience will be clean when the time comes for you to leave this earth.
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) Know many in our depressed area of New York state that use this program. Another loss for our low income, elderly , disabled and our beloved veterans if y our stop this program.
Feb 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2018 Cristina Jercan
Feb 11, 2018 Brian Gibbons
Feb 10, 2018 Karen Husocki
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Casey Phillips
Feb 10, 2018 Mitzi Frank
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2018 Sara Valade
Feb 10, 2018 Bistra Staykova
Feb 10, 2018 Sherry Whitley Please help.
Feb 10, 2018 Lynn Brown
Feb 9, 2018 Czora Pagsolingan
Feb 9, 2018 María Florencia Martínez
Feb 9, 2018 Leslie Williams
Feb 9, 2018 Judith Hazelton
Feb 9, 2018 Camille Yergeau
Feb 9, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Feb 9, 2018 Kirsty Grabham
Feb 9, 2018 Karishma Brough
Feb 9, 2018 nora coyle
Feb 9, 2018 R. Denis Cole
Feb 9, 2018 Janis Ciofalo
Feb 9, 2018 Beverly Adams
Feb 9, 2018 Franz Owczarek
Feb 9, 2018 Flora Pino García
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed) Working at fire dept for 23 yrs I have seen many vets on the street and many hungry citizens. A lot of them served their country to protect us and many worked hard all their lives. Do not cut Wheels for Meals program. Many Seniors also need this help.
Feb 9, 2018 Colleen Regan
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2018 Marge Schwartz
Feb 9, 2018 STANLEY Szela
Feb 9, 2018 DEBRA HALL They need our help & support.
Feb 9, 2018 Sally Austin
Feb 9, 2018 Jill Dione
Feb 9, 2018 Laurie Carpenter
Feb 9, 2018 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Feb 9, 2018 teresa sutton

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