Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

Rockbridge Meals on Wheels Ride and Dine Saturday

Rockbridge Meals on Wheels Ride and Dine Saturday

"They" being the folks behind President Trump's budget blueprint that proposes cutting community development block grants that fund some Meals on Wheels programs across the country.

Meals on Wheels Central Texas is keeping an eye on the proposed cuts to the federal department that funds the program included in President Donald Trump's proposed budget.

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

In Central Texas, Meals on Wheels provides free meal deliveries to people in need, along with grocery shopping assistance, home repairs, veteran services and problem-solving therapies. A statement from Meals on Wheels explained the impact this could have: "The majority of senior nutrition programs receive funding from HHS, so it would be hard to imagine a scenario free from harm".

"It's more than we would ever expect or even think about", she said. "For some elderly people in Encinitas, the meal delivered by this great local organization is the only human contact they have all day".

Shumate said he and his wife receive 20 meals, breakfast and dinner, every two weeks, that come frozen that they reheat in the Norfolk home where they've live since the 1970s. She said it would be "vitally important" to work with state, local and federal partners to address any cuts.

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"With the senior population growing, there is going to be a bigger need", Calzadilla said.

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio said she and the city's senior leadership team have worked with Meals on Wheels for years.

"Thirty-three percent of our meals on wheels budget is a combination of federal and state governmental support", Covington explained. Donations and volunteers are also key to the organization's success. "I've received so many messages and people are really concerned about us and we were really encouraged". "To be able to bring food to seniors, and sometimes we're the only people they see".

Meals are served Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m.in Pine River and Crosslake.

Meals on Wheels and More's Second Annual Traditional Irish Dinner and Silent Auction, held at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal on March 11, 2017, featured music by Maggie's Fury and Irish Dancers from Opus Performing Arts Studio.

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