Meals on Wheels cuts would be shortsighted

Posted March 25, 2017

For many of their clients, Meals on Wheels is the only interaction they have with another person during the day.

The proposed federal budget threatens to make devastating cuts to funding for Meals on Wheels of WNY.

Toscano said the nonprofit service, which served 66,000 meals in this area a year ago, not only provides nourishment and visits to low-income homebound residents, many of them elderly, but it also saves money.

We have been volunteers for Northampton County Meals on Wheels for nearly 10 years and have delivered well over 5,000 meals to over 200 people.

The program is at the center of political debate now, with President Trump proposing cuts to federal funding.

She said cuts would still be felt if they impacted other Meals on Wheels programs.

"We would have to work harder to find other sources of money to help us if the federal dollars went away".

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Those with Mobile Meals said they'll continue to help the elderly regardless of how the budget shakes out.

"A lot of them are just all alone, and maybe for days, no one ever says hi to them", she said.

Meals on Wheels of New Canaan has been delivering nutritious meals to those in need in our community since 1972. "We rely on the support of all of the individuals, foundations and businesses in our community".

"I'm more mobile than I had been, but it's still nice having this service", he said, adding he expects surgeries in the future that could render him immobile for months.

In helping fight hunger among older Mainers, Meals on Wheels and groups like it are taking on a huge challenge.

"Clearly there's a threat of cuts, but we don't know how big the army is coming over the hill", said John Skirven, CEO of Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia. "They've invested in us by all the hardships they've had to endure, through the Depression and their time in the military".

The Charlottesville location serves 250 active clients, who choose between seven different medically appropriate meals. Volunteers deliver the meals regardless of the weather conditions.