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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


Jun 12, 2018 J Rigney
Jun 12, 2018 Wendy Farias
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 Anna Hinnenkamp-Faulk
May 17, 2018 Melissa Young
Apr 25, 2018 Roxanne McCullough
Apr 20, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 20, 2018 christine resch
Apr 15, 2018 Kate Ravenstein
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Amy Cheshier
Apr 7, 2018 Samantha Cooch
Mar 19, 2018 Deborah Miller
Mar 18, 2018 Libby Wood
Mar 18, 2018 Rhoda Slanger
Mar 11, 2018 Kathleen Corby
Mar 1, 2018 Amber Greenwood
Feb 28, 2018 Suzanne Bonner Do something for a change to help somebody besides your rich cronies...try to do the right thing, for once in your life
Feb 28, 2018 Debbie Holland
Feb 28, 2018 Maryanne Preli
Feb 28, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 20, 2018 Ruth Rogers Please.
Feb 6, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Feb 5, 2018 Kimberley Clack
Feb 5, 2018 Sue Jackson
Feb 5, 2018 Russell Jackson
Feb 4, 2018 Donna Arnold
Jan 31, 2018 Vicki Welker
Jan 29, 2018 (Name not displayed) https://www.liveaction.org/petition/
Jan 21, 2018 Ms. Carla Compton
Jan 21, 2018 Steve Luongo
Jan 16, 2018 Gus Gil
Jan 16, 2018 june harty Our seniors deserve our help and respect, too many cannot afford food these programs are a necessity.
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Joyce Davis
Jan 16, 2018 vicky hoagland
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 Shabnam Shafiq Please protect Meals On Wheels and reconsider the proposed budget cuts and continue to fund community block grants and Meals on Wheels!
Jan 16, 2018 Linda Higley Maybe we need to reinstate those tax cuts to the most wealthy? This is not an "entitlement" program - the tax cuts were the entitlements. These programs actually help keep people alive.
Jan 16, 2018 Robin Blakesley
Jan 16, 2018 Linda Bruce
Jan 16, 2018 Lynda Edwards
Jan 16, 2018 Mark Allen hey Drumpf! do you ever think of anyone but yourself?! Ever? You are a shameful excuse for a human being.
Jan 16, 2018 Jeanne Sheffer
Jan 16, 2018 jennifer leagan
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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