How Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Will Affect Meals on Wheels

How Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Will Affect Meals on Wheels

The release of President Trump’s budget has created a lot of news about the cutting of funds to Meals on Wheels programs across the country. This is speculation at this point. There is not enough information in the budget to decipher if Older Americans Act funding is included or not. Meals on Wheels America, our advocacy arm in Washington, DC, has provided this information:

BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS OVERVIEW

This year, the budget and appropriations processes are more complex than usual. The Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018 funding levels are under simultaneous discussion, and it is essential that Members of Congress adhere to the parity principle between non-defense and defense spending – mirroring increases or cuts in non-defense spending with equal changes in defense spending – as they have in the past. Congress must take action before the Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2017 ends on April 28, so it is critical that you stay engaged with your Members of Congress in these coming weeks. To help you do so, we've pulled together a recap of what's been going on:

Fiscal Year 2017:

  • In March, the President released his proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 (the current fiscal year), which includes nearly $18 billion in cuts to non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs, many of which have received bipartisan support in the past. 
     
  • NDD United – a coalition of NDD stakeholders and organizations advocating for a balanced approach to deficit reduction – released a statement explaining the detrimental effects the President's proposed budget cut for Fiscal Year 2017 would have on NDD programs. 

Fiscal Year 2018:

  • The House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee held a Fiscal Year 2018 budget hearing for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with Secretary Tom Price testifying. This signaled the start of a process that will continue over the next several months. 

Read a letter to Mick Mulvaney sent on March 27, 2017 from Meals on Wheels People President & CEO Ellie Hollander.

Meals on Wheels America advocates are fighting for the needs of older adults in our community.  
Click here to get a list of what key legislative issues they are working on.

We've had an overwhelming amount of inquiries about how people can help. It is during these uncertain times that we look to the community to help sustain our program. Now is the time to give. Now is the time to support Meals on Wheels delivery to our most vulnerable seniors. Click on the button to make a  donation: