Seniors dependent upon Meals on Wheels concerned about President Trump’s budget


President Trump’s first budget proposals have many local seniors concerned who are home-bound and dependent on programs like Meals on Wheels.

President Trump’s budget calls for the elimination of community block grants that many of the 5,000 Meals on Wheels programs throughout the country rely on to operate.

“Our routes can be anywhere from 8 to 12 people,” Pam Calzadilla with Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches said.

Calzadilla sets off to deliver lunch to seniors in need.

“They are very dependent. It might be the only meal they have that day,” Calzadilla said.

Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches serves seniors who are home-bound or disabled, many who are concerned about what Trump’s budget will mean for them.

Each Meals on Wheels program is funded differently through a mixture of local, state, and federal grants and funding.

Luckily, as of now, the Meals on Wheels locally is mainly supported by local grants, and does not depend fully on federal money.

Because of this, local programs expect more seniors to call for help, with other programs dependent upon federal money.

“We are going to get a flood of calls,” Calzadilla said. “More and more people are going to be looking for agencies that do not get government funding.”

Seniors in need hope lawmakers will listen.

Meals on Wheels has seen a donation surge since Trump’s proposed budget came out.

Trump’s budget director responded back to all the recent criticism saying the administration does not plan to cut Meals on Wheels, arguing the block grants only account for 3 percent of Meals on Wheels’ overall funding.

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