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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 most vulnerable citizens at great risk.

Meals On Wheels has provided a crucial service to Americans 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 2.4 million homebound seniors 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. Younger generations may take those services for granted, but 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.

"It's not just a meal, but a wellness check," Sandra Noe, executive director of Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana told USA Today. "That volunteer, that driver is able to tune into whether that person's health is failing, or if they've fallen or can't get out of their chair. And we're delivering relief from isolation, and we’re delivering relief to their family as well."

The elimination of community 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, it would make it impossible for some Meals on Wheels programs to continue operation.

This myopic attempt at trimming the budget hurts those who need the most help of all.

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 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.

Meals On Wheels attempts to feed the 10 million elderly Americans 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 2.4 million homebound Americans 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. A scientist from Brown University recently found 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 senior citizens, as elected officials of a rapidly aging country. The idea of cutting support for Meals on Wheels is unjustifiable, and I demand you allow funding to community block grants to continue.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Sep 16, 2017 Tamara Cloninger
Sep 14, 2017 Nicholas Zecher
Sep 14, 2017 Cheri Williams-McBride
Sep 14, 2017 Sheila D
Sep 14, 2017 Laura Orsini
Sep 13, 2017 Robin L Lane
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 6, 2017 Cindy Bassar
Sep 5, 2017 Leslie O'Loughlin
Sep 5, 2017 Laurie Amamn
Sep 5, 2017 Dawn Salisbury
Sep 5, 2017 Janis Kindred
Sep 5, 2017 Kay Bethea
Sep 5, 2017 Dennis Zanley
Sep 5, 2017 Vickie Mowry
Sep 5, 2017 Michele Mika
Sep 5, 2017 Nancy Varner Meals on Wheels allows a multitude of seniors to remain in their home with the help of the daily deliver of nutritious food with someone to check on their well-being. To eliminate any of this program is cruel, heartless and short-sighted.
Sep 5, 2017 R. Stepanik
Sep 5, 2017 Pamela Dugan
Sep 5, 2017 Martha Grice It is a crime to even consider taking away meals and well checks for our seniors. They are the ones who gave "all" to our young. NEVER take from the seniors! Anyone who tries to take away Meals On Wheels is worse than Jack the Ripper Shame! Keep MOW!
Sep 5, 2017 Valerie Lawson Our seniors made this country. These are the people who fought and defended our freedom, who established our country as an international power. They have worked their lives to make our country great. Why would we abandon them when they need us most?
Sep 5, 2017 namita dalal
Sep 5, 2017 Susan Whitsell
Sep 5, 2017 Kay Beams
Sep 5, 2017 Lucie Laberge
Sep 5, 2017 Carol Bogerd
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Sep 5, 2017 gail owensmith
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Sep 5, 2017 James C Polhemus
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Sep 5, 2017 Joanne Birnberg
Sep 5, 2017 Barbara Ferguson
Sep 5, 2017 Jim Hatcher
Sep 5, 2017 Patricia Farrell
Sep 5, 2017 Donna Shellabarger
Sep 5, 2017 Debbie Russell
Sep 5, 2017 Gary Kleinfelt
Sep 5, 2017 Sue Ward
Sep 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) To Whom It May Concern: Do you hate seniors? The Meals on Wheels costs wayyyy less than your Military budget, have some compassion and take care of these folks. Just because you're not hungry every day doesn't mean everyone else is fed.
Sep 5, 2017 Ursula Simple ni
Sep 5, 2017 Carole Losson Please do not cancel this wonderful program, it's so important to so many who otherwise would not have food or access to cooking it.
Sep 5, 2017 Beth Kleinstuber
Sep 5, 2017 Tanya Corona
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Sep 5, 2017 Weldon Barker
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Sep 5, 2017 D. MOREU
Sep 5, 2017 Paula Roberts
Sep 5, 2017 rob rondanini

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