President Donald Trump is coming under fire for proposing a budget that includes the complete elimination of federal funding for Meals on Wheels programs.
Meals on Wheels provides food to the elderly, poor, veterans, disabled and others who often can’t leave their homes.
However, under the proposed budget, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s entire $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program would be eliminated, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
The grants fund services for low-income Americans ― including grants for Meals on Wheels programs.
Since most Meals on Wheels programs use funding from several sources, it’s unlikely the cuts would end the services. However, they could force many to reduce the number of people they are able to serve.
And many people criticized the proposed cuts on Twitter:
Meals on Wheels is sometimes the ONLY human contact a senior might have…I’ve seen it with my own eyes.😢😢
This is just horrifying. https://t.co/TzuICEhxzC
— LtUhura 2017 (@LtUhura2017) March 16, 2017
Cutting off heat for the poor and Meals on Wheels. It’s ok though because the rich are getting massive tax cuts. https://t.co/UVQ9ONXRTm
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) March 16, 2017
My granny’s cancer came back in 2014, and up until October 2016 she lived alone. #MealsonWheels was a big help to her.
— Toiaya (@JustToiaya) March 16, 2017
Politicians cut programs like #MealsonWheels 1st b/c they are not likely to protest or take to social media. They hv no voice.
— Tonya GJ Prince (@TonyaGJPrince) March 16, 2017
@AP Cuts to aid programs like Meals on Wheels. Homebound elderly can starve & lose their healthcare. Who needs death panels #TrumpBudget
— Mike (@MikeFL_MCO) March 16, 2017
Tomorrow, call your local Meals on Wheels program. Ask them how you can help. It’s a couple hours of your time every weekend. #trumpbudget
— Darwin Brandis (@DarwinBrandis) March 16, 2017