Meals on Wheels Will Keep Rolling Regardless of Federal Budget

Meals on Wheels Will Keep Rolling Regardless of Federal Budget

This story originally aired on March 21, 2017.

The fundraising and volunteer recruitment message from Meals on Wheels is clear.

"These are the most frail and vulnerable people in our society, and oftentimes the meal is kind of secondary to the wellness check", Jordan said. "And help them to further stay independent in their own homes".

Several things come to mind when considering the potential loss of numerous nation's Meals on Wheels local operations.

"I really honestly believe that they would starve because some people don't have anybody any family members or anybody that's there to care for them", O'Neal said. "They form a relationship".

She has heard about Donald Trump's call to cut federal funding to the program, and that worries her. The program serves food to thousands of people, many of whom are seniors who are homebound and in need. States and cities receive the grants to help them fight poverty, and some of them use that money to help pay for Meals on Wheels programs. "I can't defend that anymore".

There also were reports that the White House budget director had said that Meals on Wheels was "just not showing results"? Congress will work out the next budget, which will be vastly different from what the president is proposing.

Many of these men and women who have their meals provided by Meals on Wheels are dependent on this organization to stay fed and healthy. "I wouldn't view any one particular line item or budget category in the President's budget as dispositive. We are still providing meals and will continue to do so".

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Libarkin delivers meals to people across Lansing every week.

There were more than 308,000 tweets by nearly 163,100 users using the keyword #MealsOnWheels or Meals on Wheels in association with the Trump budget, roughly 9,000 tweets an hour, according to Bertolette.

The Post said OMB spokesman John Czwartacki said later that Mulvaney meant to say that Meals on Wheels' national headquarters gets 3 percent of its funding from the government and that he was not referring to the amount of funding that comes from community development block grants.

"If those funds were lost, we would reach out to our local donors and friends to make up the shortfall", she said. "How to provide those services for them for that as well".

For some, it's the only food and interaction they'll have that day.

Trump's "Budget Blueprint", also known as the "skinny budget", was released last week and proposed a slew of reductions in discretionary spending across all departments, except Homeland Security, Defense and Veterans Affairs. That is, lead to a spike in donations.

"They don't have anybody else that comes and sees them on a daily basis", says volunteer, TJ Libarkin. "We don't know what's going to happen", Narron said.