Albany County executive tries to ease fears of 'Meals on Wheels' cuts


Donations and volunteers have surged for Meals on Wheels following President Trump's proposed budget cuts that could seriously affect the organization.

The program has been targeted for possible cuts in a budget proposal released by the White House. In the meantime, Meals On Wheels will continue to make delivers, hoping these cuts never come through. "I think it's fairly compassionate to go to [taxpayers] and say, look we're not gonna ask you for your hard-earned money anymore. unless we can guarantee to you that that money is going to be used in a proper function".

"Most of the funding for Meals on Wheels comes from states and comes from another federal program".

The organization delivers to those in the community who can't prepare a meal for themselves.

Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., said Trump's plan was "literally taking food away from seniors".

"The Block Grant accounts for about 3% of Meals on Wheels" budget. The White House also proposes cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes more than $800 million annually for Meals on Wheels.

Summey was among Donald Trump's earliest and most prominent Lowcountry supporters, and Trump's recently unveiled budget calls for slashing federal funding for Meals on Wheels.

The organization's leaders say their funding generally comes from community donations, fund raising and private grants.

This year, Chagnon estimates Meals on Wheels will distribute 106,000 meals throughout Strafford County.

Last Friday and Saturday following the unveiling of Trump's budget, more than $100,000 was donated to Meals on Wheels online. "It saves America money", said McCoy. The act's 2016 budget was about $834 million, with almost $849 million proposed for 2017. "If we get cut severely, we would have to pull people off meal routes", she said.

Isn't this how charity is supposed to work, with people donating their own time, money and resources to causes they feel are important, rather than sitting back and expecting the federal government to do it for them? "He is President Trump's adviser. his vision has been to pull apart the 'administrative state, ' which is the government", Shea-Porter said, referencing comments Bannon made last month.