Elderly meals program could take a hit

VERMILION COUNTY -- A program which provides meals to the elderly could be in jeopardy. President Trump's budget proposal for next year would eliminate the grant which pays for it.

This may look like a typical delivery, but these volunteers are dropping by with more than just food.

"It's such a pleasure to provide this service to our community."

Meals on Wheels delivers to 266 customers in Vermilion County. Director Amy Brown says, for some, these meals make all the difference.

"A lot of times, when a person gets older, they take a lot of shortcuts. They'll find a way to feed themselves, but may not be able to meet the nutritional requirements."

President Trump's budget proposal for next year could mean the program will take a hit. It suggests eliminating the grant funding it. 

"If the money from the community block grant goes away, that would affect dozens of people being able to stay on our program."

Brown says, luckily their funding isn't just coming from federal dollars. But, she has other concerns.

"The need has grown. Right now, we have about 84 people on a waiting list." 

The service has been in the community since the late 70's giving out more than just hot meals.

"They're people that built our community. They raised us and took care of us and it's our turn to do the same."

President Trump says the federal government has spent more than $150 billion on this since 1974. His concern is it's not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results.


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