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Meals on Wheels could take funding hit under Trump's 2018 budget proposal

Posted at 6:43 PM, Mar 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 18:43:53-04

A program that provides meals to seniors could take a hit under President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal.

The budget blueprints suggest cutting funds for the Department of Housing and Urban Development by about $6.2 billion. A 13.2 percent decrease from its 2017 funds.

Almost half of those savings will come by eliminating the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant, which provides money for a variety of community development and anti-poverty programs, including Meals on Wheels.

The program said 84 percent of its money comes from individual contributions and grants from corporations and foundations with 3 percent coming from government grants.

According to Meals on Wheels, roughly one in six seniors in the country struggles with hunger.

The organization served 2.4 million seniors a total of 219.4 million meals in 2015.

 

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