Donald Trump is proposing drastic budget cuts, and one victim is the “Meals On Wheels” program, which delivers meals to the elderly and others who may be homebound.
Meals on Wheels is a critical lifeline for 2.4 million seniors, veterans and the disabled. A third of its $1.4 billion budget comes from the federal government, but proposed budget cuts are putting the 43-year-old program at risk.
“We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good… to take the federal money and give it to the states and say, ‘Look we want to give you money for programs that don’t work,’” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said.
Remember, Meals On Wheels just doesn’t provide food. The volunteers are a vital lifeline for people who may not have anyone else to check up on them.
One person who benefits from Meals On Wheels is 56-year-old Linda Preast, who signed up for the program two years ago after a stroke left her in a wheelchair. Meals on Wheels delivers to her every weekday. Like most residents in Jones County, Georgia, she voted for Donald Trump.
“Are you surprised?” Miller asked.
“Yeah,” Preast said. “Because he was told- I was under the influence that he was going to help us.”
“What would you say to him to convince him not to cut this program?” CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller asked.
“What if it was your momma?” Preast said.
After the president’s budget proposal was released, Meals on Wheels reportedly received a surge of donations and offers to volunteer.