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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


Sep 22, 2017 Carol Kelling
Sep 22, 2017 Amy Heicher
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Sep 21, 2017 Faye Harbottle
Sep 20, 2017 Fernanda Coelho
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Sep 17, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 16, 2017 Linda Stanfill
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Sep 15, 2017 Susan Hanlon
Sep 15, 2017 karen alesio
Sep 7, 2017 Linda Haines
Sep 1, 2017 Patricia Girard
Aug 31, 2017 Carla Crespo
Aug 29, 2017 JoAnn Evans
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Aug 24, 2017 Anne Romanow
Aug 21, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 21, 2017 EJ Frost
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Ware
Aug 18, 2017 Yolanda Aguilar
Aug 16, 2017 Susan Martin
Aug 13, 2017 Rhonda Carsten
Aug 13, 2017 Alison Hogan
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Aug 7, 2017 AniMae Chi
Aug 7, 2017 Frances Mazzaro
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Aug 7, 2017 Michelle Howland
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Aug 6, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Aug 6, 2017 Carole Wilson
Aug 6, 2017 Mary Barker
Aug 6, 2017 Karen Kersten-Chestney
Aug 6, 2017 karyn bennett
Aug 6, 2017 Sandy Bieker
Aug 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) It is crucial that the Meals on Wheels program is continued to provide meals and related services to the elderly, including many veterans who are unable to leave their homes.
Aug 4, 2017 Lauri Moon
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Aug 2, 2017 Meggie Tryon
Aug 1, 2017 Cindy Howard
Aug 1, 2017 Kathy & Judy Sutter
Jul 31, 2017 Nadejda Sarafidova
Jul 31, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 30, 2017 Joan Christensen This can be the only nutritious meal, as well as social contact these seniors receive during the day. This support keeps seniors out of nursing homes.
Jul 30, 2017 Nick Sileno Fight for meals on wheels
Jul 30, 2017 Brian Gottejman

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