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The budget proposal calls for the elimination of one program that Meals on Wheels relies on: a $3 billion community development block program within the Department of Housing and Urban Development, from which Meals on Wheels receives three percent of its overall funding.

The Trump administration has proposed an 18 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Services. "That's where most of our funding from federal and state sources comes from", said Joe Walker, program director for VOA's Senior CommUnity Meals. The federal programs are doled out to states, which determine what they fund, and in some cases, that funding is assigned to local Meals On Wheels programs.

"We have a waiting list for home-delivered meals of 815 seniors, and it's growing", says Mark Adler, executive director of Meals On Wheels South Florida, which gets 65 percent of its $5.2 million yearly budget through the federal Older Americans Act. However, President Trump's 2018 fiscal year budget proposal could change that, as almost 40% of the non-profit's funding could be cut. "Our most vulnerable people are at risk of losing services, and I don't want to see that happen", she said. We can't spend money on programs just because they sound good.

For the ones receiving the meals, mostly seniors, it is "their ray of sunshine", said Dawne Barwin, the center's Meals on Wheels coordinator. It plans to use the money to fund awareness campaigns, among other things. The federal government typically provides grants to states so they can fund those programs.

Earlier this month, Senator Daines, Senator Tester and Governor Bullock expressed their support for the Meals on Wheels program.

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"I believe our community will support us".

"Without federal funding", Levenberg said, "the town stands to lose about $54,000 annually, which is the equivalent of approximately 13,000 meals".

First, the article stated that Meals on Wheels is "designed for seniors and people with disabilities who receive Medicaid services".

"Charleston is a city with a big heart- I am confident that our community will rally around its senior citizens to keep these programs running".

The program provides meals to the elderly. Jacobson says every person who gets a meal is given the opportunity to donate to that meal and she says many do. As a full time caretaker for her husband, Lueck said between the two of them, doctors appointments can fill up their days.


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