DENVER (CBS4) – A kitchen in Denver that makes meals for nearly 4,000 people is facing uncertainty under the the Trump administration.

Meals on Wheels provides what is sometimes the only meal of the day for the people it helps.

Dale Elliott of Volunteers of America runs the Denver operation and said he’s worried about the situation.

“Emotionally it’s a little tough because we are serving people that are very vulnerable,” said Elliott.

meals on wheels Meals On Wheels Faces Funding Crisis Under Trump Administration

Dale Elliott (credit: CBS)

Nationwide, Meals on Wheels faces a funding crisis. It is being kept alive largely by $3 billion in federal community block grants given to states. But the Trump administration says the programs that spring from those grants aren’t effective.

White House budget director Nick Mulvaney said tax dollars need to address the priorities of people paying taxes.

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“We can’t do that anymore. We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good,” said Mulvaney. “Meals on Wheels sounds great, again, that’s a state decision to fund that particular portion of it. 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.'”

Elliott says cutting federal funds will trickle down, overburdening the states and local donors to keep Meals on Wheels alive, leaving poor seniors hungry and without a vital welfare check.

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“We would have to not take as many new individuals on to the program and then of course that means that the wait lists would start to grow again,” Elliott said.

The wait list in Denver for the program currently only has approximately 24 people on it. Elliott says that could grow to hundreds without the federal funds.

  1. Ya know Denver News, it’s getting really old with your constant bashing of Pres. Trump. You’re another fake news site and you disgust me. Here is the exact statement from the Meals On Wheels site. NO the elderly are not in danger of losing their meals. Idiots, stop scaring people!! “STATEMENT CLARIFYING FEDERAL FUNDING TO MEALS ON WHEELS

    Mar 16, 2017

    The nationwide Meals on Wheels network, comprised of 5,000, local, community-based programs, receives 35% of its total funding for the provision of congregate and home-delivered meals from the federal government through the Older Americans Act, administered by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living. Other federal funding sources that support Meals on Wheels program operations may include the Community Development Block Grant, Community Services Block Grant or the Social Services Block Grant. In addition, programs rely on contributions from state or local governments, private donations and other resources to cover the rest, demonstrating one of the best examples of a successful public-private partnership. Meals on Wheels America, the largest and oldest national organization representing senior nutrition programs across the country, receives only 3% of its funding from the government, specifically to run the National Research Center on Nutrition and Aging.”

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