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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


Aug 17, 2018 Lori Chow
Aug 17, 2018 PERLLIE SULIT
Aug 17, 2018 Janice Robinson Please keep the meals on wheels program.
Aug 16, 2018 Cami Miller
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
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Aug 14, 2018 Liza Ruiz
Aug 13, 2018 Margaret Surmiak
Aug 13, 2018 Evgeniya Terterashvili
Aug 13, 2018 Charlotte Frampton
Aug 13, 2018 Rosa Rodriguez
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Aug 13, 2018 Caroline Debaille
Aug 13, 2018 Karen Beckner
Aug 13, 2018 Elaine Coburn
Aug 13, 2018 Nichelle Johnson
Aug 13, 2018 Megan Pratt
Aug 12, 2018 Joan Hutton
Aug 12, 2018 Melanie Marbach
Aug 11, 2018 Kim Lanier
Aug 11, 2018 Martha Soto
Aug 10, 2018 BARBARA CONSOLO
Aug 10, 2018 David Lauderman The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by how its animals are treated. - Gandhi
Aug 7, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 7, 2018 Frances Gower
Aug 7, 2018 Eric Butler Having worked for 15 years for Meals on Wheels, I know how needed they are for seniors and the disabled. Don't inhibit their good work by taking funding away.
Aug 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2018 Lynn Brown
Aug 7, 2018 lecat andree
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 6, 2018 Nancy McCullough
Aug 6, 2018 Gina White
Aug 6, 2018 Steinunn Axelsdóttir
Aug 6, 2018 Maureen Reilly
Aug 6, 2018 Carla Miranda
Aug 5, 2018 Abby Bernhardt
Aug 5, 2018 Tara Verbridge
Aug 5, 2018 Shadoe Drury
Aug 5, 2018 Marlisa James
Aug 5, 2018 Ingrid Quevin
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 5, 2018 Sandra Bigart
Aug 5, 2018 Kathleen Keske
Aug 4, 2018 Denise Griffin
Aug 4, 2018 Marcelo Gusmao
Aug 4, 2018 Alicyn Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Paul Grohman

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