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Central MD 'Meals on Wheels' could lose nearly 50% of budget under proposal

Central MD 'Meals on Wheels' could lose nearly 50% of budget under proposal (ABC7)

At 82-years-old, Betty Howser relies on the Meals on Wheels program to provide her food three days a week.

“They bring both lunch and dinner. It’s an amazing variety of people and ages,” said Howser. “If you don’t have a car….it makes it a lot easier.”

President Trump is now proposing cuts to some of the areas where the program receives its funding.

“Meals on Wheels sounds great, again that’s a state decision to fund that particular portion, but 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”….I can’t defend that anymore,” said White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

“If it goes through, it could jeopardize almost 50 percent of our $9 million budget, which means that we would have to dramatically cut the number of people that we serve,” said Stephanie Archer-Smith, who is the Executive Director of Meals for Wheels of Central Maryland.

Since the budget’s release, Meals on Wheels has seen an increase in support on the national level; with more than $100,000 in donations.

“We’re feeding people that otherwise would have real difficulty having a source of good nutrition,” said Mary Lee Anderson, who is the Executive Director of Senior Services of Alexandria. “And I would hate to see it negatively impacted in anyway, because of an unfortunate political situation.”

Some have expressed support for President Trump’s proposal on social media.

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