Help ensure no senior is left behind.
TAKE ACTION ON POTENTIAL BUDGET CUTS FOR MEALS ON WHEELS
The portions of the President’s Budget that have been released so far call for the elimination of a number of federal programs, including the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), on which some local Meals on Wheels programs rely on delivering nutritious meals, safety checks and friendly visits to our nation's most vulnerable seniors.
Details on our network’s primary source of funding, the Older Americans Act, which has supported senior nutrition programs for 45 years, have not yet been released. This vital Act provides 35% of the total funding for Meals on Wheels (both congregate and home-delivered programs) nationally. With a stated 17.9% cut to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) budget, however, it is difficult to imagine a scenario in which these critical services would not be significantly and negatively impacted if enacted into law.
The need is growing rapidly, and federal funding has not kept pace. The network is already serving 23 million fewer meals now than in 2005, and waiting lists are mounting in every state. At a time when increased funding is needed, we fear that the millions of seniors who rely on us every day for a nutritious meal, safety check and visit from a volunteer will be left behind.
Our services enable at-risk seniors to stay out of more expensive healthcare settings and remain more healthy, safe and independent in their own homes, where they want to be. After all, we can provide a senior with Meals on Wheels for an entire year for roughly the same cost of an average one-day stay in the hospital or ten days in a nursing home.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM NOT TO CUT THESE VITAL SERVICES.
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Pete Micklish understood the needs of our seniors and always stepped up to assist us in improving our organization from building out our commercial kitchen, the new East County Service Center Office and the complete renovation of our Administration building to assisting our seniors by improving their living situation. A little fix-it project for a senior became an extreme makeover as he rallied his friends and business partners. Fishing for Charity would not have become the success it is without his enthusiasm to "fill the boat."
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