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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 and their animals 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. Now in operation all across the U.S., the program not only provides nutritious meals to the elderly and impoverished, but many also offer free pet food for low-income seniors as well.

It was volunteers who first noticed Meals on Wheels clients giving their food away to their animals, deciding they would rather go hungry than let their pets suffer. Working with shelters and regional animal organizations, Meals on Wheels is now able to support animal-loving seniors with free pet food, along with nutritious meals for themselves, so no one goes hungry.

In one San Diego program, volunteers collect 3,000 pounds of donated dry food and about 3,200 cans of wet food for dogs and cats each month. The funding to support programs like this, however, is in jeopardy of being slashed drastically by 2018.

There are currently around 5,000 Meals on Wheels programs operating in the U.S., some which offer added benefits like senior center meal programs, home repair services, and transportation. These services 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, and their animals in loving hands.

The program is literally a lifesaver for the elderly and their pets.

"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 Development 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 serving the elderly and their animals.

This myopic attempt at trimming the budget hurts those who need the most help of all.

Sign below to tell Director of the Office of Management and Budget and President Trump to reconsider the proposed budget cuts and continue to fund Community Development Block Grants and Meals on Wheels!

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To 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.

As discovered by volunteers for the program, elderly Americans would often rather starve themselves rather than let their pets go without food. The Meals on Wheels program's free pet food assistance for low income seniors helps them care for their animal companions and maintain the bonds of friendship that indeed keep many out of the nursing home.

More than 2.4 million homebound Americans from 60 years old to over 100 are served by Meals on Wheels every year. A large number of those citizens, along with their animals, 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 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. And the same goes for keeping a pet healthy. With nutritious meals to feed their pets, our country's seniors will be able to live with dignity and comfort.

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,v

Petition Signatures


Sep 18, 2017 Mary Collinson
Sep 18, 2017 Stephanie Ayan
Sep 18, 2017 Debra Bradshaw Much Needed for the elderly !
Sep 17, 2017 Chris Foster
Sep 17, 2017 Geralyn & Michael Frishman
Sep 16, 2017 Jane Tad
Sep 14, 2017 Sandra Miners Elderly, Disabled and Seniors need their Pets!
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 14, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 14, 2017 Marlyse Hanssens
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 13, 2017 Sophia Lim
Sep 13, 2017 Gayle Flatau
Sep 13, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Sep 13, 2017 Martha Jaquith
Sep 13, 2017 Pam Sheeler
Sep 13, 2017 Debra Carter
Sep 13, 2017 barbara gale
Sep 13, 2017 Sherry Frey-Brown
Sep 13, 2017 rc dutra
Sep 13, 2017 Paula Pucharella
Sep 13, 2017 Terri Lynch
Sep 13, 2017 Nadja Vollbracht
Sep 13, 2017 Judy Parnell
Sep 11, 2017 Cornelia Warlick
Sep 11, 2017 Ilse DePriest
Sep 11, 2017 Amber Veeg It's not just a meal ....
Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 10, 2017 Lourdes Escobar
Sep 10, 2017 Nancy ONeal
Sep 10, 2017 Dona LaSchiava If America has enough funds for endless wars, America has enough funds to help our most vulnerable members of society! STOP THE BUDGET CUTS!
Sep 10, 2017 Yip Ko Yuen
Sep 9, 2017 Michelle Maisonave
Sep 9, 2017 Eleni Panagiotidou
Sep 9, 2017 Marilyn Saunders
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
Sep 9, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
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Sep 8, 2017 Michelle Giordano
Sep 8, 2017 Sheila Anderson
Sep 7, 2017 Bonnie Clyne
Sep 7, 2017 Katy MC Chang keep Meals on Wheel service intact. Take care of our elders and their pets.
Sep 7, 2017 Anne Marie Baese
Sep 7, 2017 John Ingram
Sep 6, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 6, 2017 Kathleen Nagy-DeRosa
Sep 6, 2017 Connie Muniz
Sep 6, 2017 Sharmila Perera
Sep 6, 2017 Kathy Woods

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