Local Meals on Wheels volunteers weigh in on proposed budget

However, President Trump's 2018 fiscal year budget proposal could change that, as almost 40% of the non-profit's funding could be cut.

The fundraising and volunteer recruitment message from Meals on Wheels is clear.

During March, Meals on Wheels PLUS, will be supporting the nationwide campaign and building awareness by reaching out to their communities and delivering nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to Manatee's seniors all year long. McCoy says for now, they are not because of how the program is funded in this state.

Nationally, the Meals on Wheels program is in jeopardy. However, HUD doesn't know how much of that money ultimately goes to that program.

But Meals on Wheels officials pushed back on that, saying the program saved taxpayers millions of dollars. He was saying that CDBGs don't work. "It's been heartwarming to see this groundswell of support over the last 24 to 48 hours", Jenny Bertolette, vice president of communications for Meals on Wheels America, told HuffPo. Someone managed to plant this idea with reporters, and more power to them. "I was anxious to learn more about what impact it would have", she said, "because 40 percent of our budget comes from government". In comparison, MOWA paid its top six employees a total compensation of $1,065,344, including $304,758 to the nonprofit's CEO.

As Meals on Wheels America explained, some Community Development Block Grant money does end up going to some of the local Meals on Wheels programs.

So we're not at loss of losing our "Meals on Wheels" program. Specifically, the funds are allocated by the Older Americans Act and distributed by the Administration on Aging within the Department of Health and Human Services. A provider in Ypsilanti, Mich. - where Trump traveled Wednesday to focus on fuel-economy standards - faces a possible 30 percent funding cut, she said. Group president Katherine Krause called the proposed budget cuts concerning. Rather, Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit supporting senior nutrition programs across the country that has been boosted with federal support. Additionally, Congress could direct the funding for this program not be reduced or eliminated.

On Monday community leaders gathered to talk about the importance of the program and to also give back.

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