Meals On Wheels Could Soon Face Funding Crisis

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The White House has released a preliminary budget plan, and it could lead to some major cuts for groups here in North Texas. Meals on Wheels is among the groups that could soon be facing a funding crisis. The program serves food to thousands of people, many of whom are seniors who are homebound and in need.

The Trump administration’s outlined budget blueprint promises to slash funding across several government departments. The cuts would include $3 billion to be taken away from community development block grants that help fund programs like Meals on Wheels.

Here in Dallas, only about 60 percent of the Meals on Wheels funding comes from donations.

The Visiting Nurse Association prepares the meals for delivery. Group president Katherine Krause called the proposed budget cuts concerning. “I was anxious to learn more about what impact it would have,” she said, “because 40 percent of our budget comes from government.”

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney defended the proposed cuts, including that to Meals on Wheels. “We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good,” he said. “And great, Meals on Wheels sounds great.”

Meals on Wheels has seen a surge in volunteers since the budget proposal was released. Each day, volunteers deliver roughly 4,600 hot meals to seniors across Dallas.

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  1. Jim Funnell says:

    This is Fake News designed to create a negative narrative against the Trump administration.in order to advance the anti-American agenda of the progressives (communists).

    The Community Development Block Grants program, includes grants that in some states help fund senior nutrition programs such as Meals on Wheels. But those grants provide only a small percentage (approx. 1%) of the overall federal support for senior nutrition, and an even smaller portion of overall funding for Meals on Wheels programs, which are largely funded by donations.

    Meals on Wheels America says that in the aggregate, these groups get about 35 percent of their funding from the federal government. Specifically, the funds are allocated by the Older Americans Act and distributed by the Administration on Aging within the Department of Health and Human Services.

    This article tries to convince the reader (viewer) that the block grants funding provides significant funding to Meals On Wheels, which is entirely false.

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