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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


Jan 14, 2018 Mary Barker
Jan 14, 2018 Colleen Ricketts
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Jan 11, 2018 Nancy Bickford-Jordan
Jan 10, 2018 Marge Ferrance
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Jan 9, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jan 8, 2018 marianne cresci
Jan 7, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Jan 7, 2018 Regina Powell
Jan 7, 2018 Jim Sheridan
Jan 6, 2018 Docken Polk
Jan 6, 2018 Jerry Day
Jan 6, 2018 Maryann Haller
Jan 2, 2018 Joy Shoemaker
Dec 29, 2017 Pamela Haun
Dec 29, 2017 Ellen Cather
Dec 28, 2017 Donna Selquist
Dec 17, 2017 Matthew Sabatino
Dec 17, 2017 Valerie Romero
Dec 17, 2017 Linda Longworth
Dec 17, 2017 Chrissy Smutny
Dec 14, 2017 Candris Madison
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 10, 2017 Sgt.Micheal Johnson Rise and Shine call your Senators and Representatives contact with the Veteran Affairs your belief how to improve Veterans Health Benefits
Dec 9, 2017 Candi Fultz
Dec 8, 2017 Susan Jones
Dec 8, 2017 Colleen Randol
Dec 7, 2017 Ken Stein
Dec 7, 2017 Ralph Plumlee Keep the Meals on Wheels program, quit screwing up everything you can!!
Dec 2, 2017 Melissa Owens
Nov 30, 2017 Jen Geyer
Nov 28, 2017 Dorothy Lang
Nov 27, 2017 Rachel Brennan
Nov 27, 2017 Harriett Bradford
Nov 26, 2017 Micki Mitchell
Nov 26, 2017 MaryAnn Francis
Nov 26, 2017 Aurora Barabancea
Nov 23, 2017 Floyd Perry
Nov 22, 2017 Mara Moore
Nov 22, 2017 Donna Banks
Nov 21, 2017 Ewelina Mardyla
Nov 21, 2017 Jennifer Stedman
Nov 19, 2017 Iryna Andreychuk
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