Meals on Wheels Responds to Fake News Claims Trump’s Budget Will Shut Them Down

UPDATE: Meals on Wheels Got THIS Shocking News Going Into the Weekend (Click here for full update)

For the mainstream media sending hundreds of millions of tax dollars to support terrorists organizations in the middle east isn’t worth covering. But God forbid Trump dare propose cutting $250K from Meals on Wheels.

A budget move that, if you only listen to what the fake news complex feeds you, would have you believing will shut down the organization and close its doors for good. But is that $250K really going to cripple Meals on Wheels? Is that really the bulk of funding for the organization?

Not even close. In fact, around 3% or less of their funding comes from taxpayers via the federal government. But don’t take my word for it. Take the words sent out directly from Meals on Wheels.

“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.”

Yep. Meals on Wheels is completely financially sound without the help of the fed. Imagine that. They get grants, of course. But the amount being proposed to be cut is insignificant and won’t harm operations in any meaningful manner. The grants aren’t changed.

And no, Trump’s move to cut down spending anywhere and everywhere possible won’t damage MoW at all.

So the next time you see that silly fake news link on Fakebook or CNN, just give it a thumbs down. Because the claim is absolutely ridiculous.



  • kurmat

    CBS2 Chicago aired a MOW volunteer and recipient bemoaning their imminent demises because of the heartless President.

    • VocalYokel

      Its Shitcago…anything emanating from there has the same veracity as a Snopes verification or a CNN news story.

    • Zen Bbq

      I quite frankly, have had enough of a president with a heart; I want a president with a heart and mind. $10 Trillion of the taxpayer’s money is too much heart and not enough smarts. A smart president would to expand the tax base so more money would flow in; President Obama shrunk the tax base and spent even more money on expanding entitlements. No thanks.

      And how does a volunteer (who by definition, doesn’t get paid) get affected budgeting? Just doesn’t make sense.

  • USMCM14

    It’s only 3 fucking percent get over it !!!!!

    • hewster1369

      Let’s cut the Marine Corps by the same amount and see how much you squeal.

      • Phyllis Phipps Starr

        Shut your pie hole because it is coming from the arse.

        • 13345 9997

          your mouth smells worse than anarse!

        • 13345 9997

          Stay clASSy phyllis! C U Next Tuesday!

        • hewster1369

          Lol. Idiocracy, truly.

      • Helen Gomez

        The military soldiers (not officers) They dont make enough. They make less then minimum wage. So the next time you see a soldier that is sacrificing their life for your selfish ways maybe think twice. Yes I honor them and they deserve everything we can give them. We all know the VA is leaving our heros in the street.

        • Ola Bannister

          Yes they are

        • hewster1369

          I’m a veteran and never once did I starve nor was I poverty stricken. And the veteran’s budget is separate from the 54 billion they are proposing to spend on defense. That will go to Boeing, Lockheed, UTI and won’t do a thing to improve the live of soldiers or veterans.

          • Calmellia Red Johnson

            I absolutely agree, with you Hewster I’m also a vet and never starved, I do also recognize that vets have issues I do not have those certain issues holding me back. As for MoW I’m glad they clarified the situation cause a lot are not aware of how there funding works, so no need for all the name calling.

      • pmoore40

        Did you even read the article? Good grief

      • Jim Wimmer

        The only squealing I see is from liberals.

      • Zen Bbq

        Ridiculous comment.. Did you even read the the statement from Meals on Wheels?
        Your apples to oranges comparison (rhetorically, it’s a “false equivalency”) aside, the Corps defends America, Meals on Wheels feeds seniors. Much larger mission.

      • James Akemon

        sad that someone like you who CLAIMS to be a former Marine would say something like that. But I guess it’s expected from a libtard

        • this is SPARTA

          are you some fat ass american trying to masquerade as a Scot?

      • EmpatheticRN

        Obama already did that..not a word from the MSM on that though!

        • 13345 9997

          Go shoot some more Hydrocodone-imbecile!

      • 13345 9997

        Nice…

      • 13345 9997

        Booya! 🙂

      • USMCM14

        You are a special kind of stupid the Marines have been living on Army hand me downs for 242 years so 3% ain’t shit !!!! What a Twat Waffle !!! HAHAHA

    • 13345 9997

      Go peddle some gay/or nude women pics on FB!

      • Zen Bbq

        Your pathetic ad hominem attack aside, if USMCM14 is a vet, he/she put himself/herself at risk of physical harm to do the country’s business. To paraphrase President Kennedy, what you have done for your country?

        • 13345 9997

          Hey schmuck-I’m a veteran of 21 years in the US Army! I fought for free speech…we’re NOT taken over by Russia yet! Airborne!

          • Zen Bbq

            Yeah, sure. Your military disciple is so evident in your recent posts.

            Thank you for your service. As I have no proof you’re lying about your military service, I must treat you with the respect you say you deserve. In my world, a veteran is a special kind of hero, no matter how he/she behaves. Veterans have earned the privilege.

    • Michele Ann Fabian

      This is a fake news article, please refer to the Meals on Wheels website:

      “In response to confusion around federal funding received by Meals on Wheels:

      Meals on Wheels services are provided directly to seniors by a nationwide network of 5,000 local community-run programs that, in the aggregate, receive 35% of their funding from the federal government.

      Some media outlets have incorrectly reported this number to be 3%, confusing it with the federal funding received by Meals on Wheels America, the national membership organization that does not provide direct services (e.g., meals). This miscommunication dramatically understates the significant impact of any federal budget cuts that may affect Meals on Wheels.”

    • Mary Bright

      The article quotes 35%. Facts are facts.

      • Lisa Chantel Hill Wade

        35% is in reference to local programs and that would be through certain block grants. The amount being cut is in reference to the Federal nonprofit and it is 3% of the total revenue taken in.
        http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/docs/default-source/financials/meals-on-wheels-america-audited-financial-statements-2015.pdf?sfvrsn=2
        http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/docs/default-source/financials/meals-on-wheels-america-form-990-2015.pdf?sfvrsn=2

        • Cynthia Daigle Homuth

          You are just wrong. What it says AFTER talking about the 35% is “Other” federal funding sources that support Meals on Wheels program operations may include…. Other means In addition to the 35%. The source you cite is NOT the Meals on Wheels that provide the meals. That is an Meals on Wheels AMERICA, national membership organization. And they do only get 3% from the government

          • Lisa Chantel Hill Wade

            And, that is where the cut is being done, at the National MoW level, not at the local area. Do your research.

        • urabask

          The CDBG is getting cut, that’s what this is all about. Just as an example, San Jose alone spends $100k from the CDBG funding they get on meals on wheels. So please, tell me how local orgs wouldn’t be affected? For that matter, tell me how no one will get hurt when a city of that size loses $2.5 million in funding for various outreach programs. I’m all ears.

          https://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?nid=1345

          • Lisa Chantel Hill Wade

            CDBG covers more than the MoW program. The cuts will vary according to how the local programs set up their budgets. Some will be affected more than others. I spent several years on the Board of Director’s of a nonprofit entity. While only 8% of our revenues came from government funding, other nonprofits that served the same type of group of people depending on 40% funding from the government for revenue. When the state and the federal government cut back we felt it but not as much as those other groups.

  • Mykl Belfatto

    He just said take their word for it and misquoted their word…it’s 35%. “Meals on Wheels receives only 3% of its funding from the government, specifically to run the National Research Center on Nutrition and Aging.”

    • Nope. The 3% is separate from grants and grants aren’t touched. The 3% subsidy is proposed to be cut and that won’t harm MoW in the grand scheme of things.

      • Michele Ann Fabian

        This is a fake news article (the correct amount is 35%), please refer to the Meals on Wheels website:

        “In response to confusion around federal funding received by Meals on Wheels:

        Meals on Wheels services are provided directly to seniors by a nationwide network of 5,000 local community-run programs that, in the aggregate, receive 35% of their funding from the federal government.

        Some media outlets have incorrectly reported this number to be 3%, confusing it with the federal funding received by Meals on Wheels America, the national membership organization that does not provide direct services (e.g., meals). This miscommunication dramatically understates the significant impact of any federal budget cuts that may affect Meals on Wheels.”

        • Heather James

          No. The correct amount from the Community Development Block Grant pork barrel that will be cut is 3%. That 35% number comes from ALL federal sources. MoW gets almost all of that through HHS

      • Mykl Belfatto

        First Sentence…”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”. Last sentence “3% of its funding from the government, specifically to run the National Research Center on Nutrition and Aging.” 3% is for the National Research Center on Nutrition and Aging.

  • Shelly Pfefferman

    This headline is extremely misleading. Geez. No. 250K will not likely impact the Meals on Wheels as an advocacy organization. HOWEVER, the 17.9% reduction of funds to the Department of Health & Human Services WILL NEGATIVELY impact the required 35% of actual dollars that go to senior meal programs. READ THE ENTIRE STATEMENT BY MEALS ON WHEELS.

    As an analogy: Let’s say we’re talking about the Girl Scouts of America…will a reduction in 3% of funding to Girl Scouts US home office hurt he organization as wholet? Not likely. Will reducing cookie production by 35%? Yes, obviously.

    • Jeroli

      Maybe you should read it closer. “receives 35% of its total funding for the provision of congregate and home-delivered meals from the federal government through the Older Americans Act,” The Older Americans Act is NOT facing cuts. It is the CDGB that is facing cuts, and it supplies about 3% as the article states. That 3% is specifically to run the National Research Center on Nutrition and Aging, and does not affect delivery of meals.

    • Heather James

      Not “WILL”. Might. The MoW statement is correct. No one knows yet

    • James Northrup

      Mayby that Will Keep The Girl scouts From Donating To Planned Parenthood so Planned Parenthood Will Have To Cut Down On The Babies They Murder Each Year. I Stopped Buying Their Cookies Because of That.

  • David Horning

    Perfect example of the “fake news” the media presents by twisting and omitting facts to suit an agenda. This is why Trump is so successful with his accusations, and why the media suffers from loss of integrity. Instead of addressing their shortcomings, the Left and the Media continue to double down on their losing position.

    • Don Ludwig

      David some people did not excel in reading comprehension when the took those classes in school.

      • Michele Ann Fabian

        I would suggest you look up the actual numbers for how much federal funding affects the LOCAL meals on wheels program (this will help you comprehend as well); for sake of ease on your part I posted the response from the Meals on Wheels CEO:

        “In response to confusion around federal funding received by Meals on Wheels:

        Meals on Wheels services are provided directly to seniors by a nationwide network of 5,000 local community-run programs that, in the aggregate, receive 35% of their funding from the federal government.

        Some media outlets have incorrectly reported this number to be 3%, confusing it with the federal funding received by Meals on Wheels America, the national membership organization that does not provide direct services (e.g., meals). This miscommunication dramatically understates the significant impact of any federal budget cuts that may affect Meals on Wheels.”

        • Lisa Chantel Hill Wade

          I did the research in my area and they receive funding from private donation, block grants (United Way), and consumer donation. MoW helps fewer than 2% of our local elderly. It is different in different areas. Some areas charge for their meals, while others do not.

          • Cynthia Stead

            Lisa, grants from the United Way are not Federal money as it is a private charity. UW may call them the same name, but they are not the CDBG funds that my be cut. I respond only to say that I hope the media doesn’t now report that Trump is shutting down the United Way!

          • Lisa Chantel Hill Wade

            From my research, some of the block grants are given through the UW. I’m not sure how it works. Now, my research only includes where I live, so I really don’t know about other areas. I also read that it was the National program that would see the cut, not the local areas. According to MoW, it would only affect their research department.
            The news makes me laugh because so much information, vital information, is left out and just creates “the sky is falling attitude.” Most of the programs that need cut should be looking at their administrative costs.

          • Michele Ann Fabian

            i also did research in my area via the IRS 990 form, each and every organization was different, but i can say that everyone i researched was over 10% of their monies from line from government funding. especially the larger organizations. either way its definitely more than 3%…and that will greatly affect the workings of Meals on Wheels in my area.

          • LibertyMonger

            He is only cutting $250,000 not 3%

          • Lisa Chantel Hill Wade

            The 3% refers to the national MoW program. Depending on the local financial departments, will determine how much of any government funds is used to fund the program. The nonprofit I sat on the board for only depended on 8% of government funds in total revenues, while other similar programs based their budgets on as much as 40% from the government.

          • Tom Wise

            That is bull. Not every place takes the funds. Also, VOLUNTEER. And give generously.

        • Diana Roberts McKinney

          MoW receives different forms of federal support. Only one of them is being cut and it will affect about 3% of the funding. The other 32% is not being cut or affected at all.

          • John-Charles Gray

            That is only as of now. Trump has promised to cut all government grant programs, because he considers them useless. Plus, there is his desire to destroy the Department of Health and Human Services. If this is done, it would be disastrous for the poorest of Americans.

          • blbc

            You obviously have done NO research on this, unless you count watching CNN as “research!”

          • Lisa Chantel Hill Wade

            The welfare programs are full of waste and need to be cleaned up. Did you know that a family which qualifies for Food Stamps and Medicaid have two case workers and is required to fill out the same form twice? Here in Huntsville there is a Medicaid office that barely helps anyone. When my son and his wife applied for Medicaid they kept getting letters that would say the kids were covered and then a month later they would get a letter saying the kids were not covered. She tried going on line and was told she had no case number, even though she applied on line. When she went to the local office for assistance, they told her to get on line or call the state office in Montgomery. When they lived in Kansas, Medicaid lost their information and although the Food Stamp office had all of the same information, they would not submit copies to the Medicaid office. Same forms, same information, but no sharing. WIC has similar forms and requirements but all three departments are in 3 separate buildings and each family has to have 3 different case workers. That is inefficiency at its worst. If one case worker handled one family, they could reduce administrative staff by 1/3. Next, put all three departments in the same building. Why is it necessary to pay for three buildings and all the overhead involved in doing that? Many of these departments also duplicate information. By streamlining their overhead, they would save enough money that no one would have to be eliminated from the programs.

            They would save even more money if they actually educated those receiving assistance. Most get money or vouchers and sent on their way. Many have no clue how to stretch that money to last the month. Better yet, make funds available to reintroduce trade programs and Home Economics back into the high schools so when our students graduate they have skills to find living wage jobs. Pay at the front end and save at the back end.

        • Mickey Emerson

          I would suggest you try to understand what you are reading, that is in reference to “moms Meals” used by Medicaid, that is federally funded and not affected.

        • DefiantDeity

          HAHAHAHA classic example of an idiot attempting to tell others to do research when they have not done their own research! Michele, get off media matters and other liberal rags and you will educate yourself so you don’t make comments like this, which exposes how much of an idiot you truly are.

      • Dave Knetsch

        The only “Fake News” I see is the headline here screaming that other sources are claiming these cuts would “shut down Meals On Wheels”. They never said that, just said (accurately) that these cuts would hurt the people who need help the most.

        • blbc

          But they won’t, so that is fake “news.”

      • Itsonlhycommonsense

        This actually makes no sense. If 35%, which is actually federal funds, goes to a pot of money for the elderly, how do you reconcile the program is healthy with no help from the fed. No help implies no fed funding anywhere near MoW. …did not excel in reading comprehension when the (sic) took those classes in school. Your reading comprehension is indeed lacking, Don.

    • 13345 9997

      Fake news?!! Ya’ mean like-“Obama is not American born”…or “Mexico will pay for the wall”…or the latest, now debunked by US intel, “Obama wiretapped me!” Yeah, yer daddy IS FAKE NEWS! Dump tRump!

      • grouchyroan

        what part of obama in not american born is not true, the facts are what they are, he was not born in america and it finally got to the point he even stopped lying about it and basically said so what , you can’t do anything about it. those of you that believed in the piece of crap would have followed hitler as he tried to wipe out an entire race of people.

        • 13345 9997

          YOU need LESS drugs/alcohol…NURSE!

      • Ron

        How about the debunked news that Russia hacked and handed trump the election. Even Clapper said there is NO EVIDENCE but Fake News CNN< MSNBC keep pushing it.

        • Candice Hiler

          Obama also said that the Russians had not interfered with the election. Look it up, 13345 9997, unless you’re too inept.

          • 13345 9997

            Funny how your ilk comes up w/ examples (avoiding FACTS) Bwaaaaaah ha ha

        • Kathleen Lewis

          #CNNhasVD

          • 13345 9997

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        • 13345 9997

          yada, yada, yada…I’d say something but my microwave is taking pictures…Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah ha ha.

          • Grant Ayjian

            typical liberal response, you’ll be eating those words, when the truth comes out. It was stated that Microwaves could be used for listening in on conversations, not taking pictures. But liberals believe this bs and expect the rest of us to follow the george soros hate american party.

          • Ken Depew

            You truly are a child. Instead of an active debate, you choose childish comebacks. Grow up man. This is not Middle School.

          • Lynn G

            lmao

        • bugman40

          oh please douchebag…drump is stuck with a huge money laundering scandel…it will take time but its coming.

          • Mickey Emerson

            Seems you are confusing Trump with HRC who lied to Congress 39 times and is even now under investigation.

          • this is SPARTA

            wasnt Trump supposed to get her locked up? no problem with the lies he tells though eh? fascinating! also the obsession with killary is fascinating too, especially since she has nothing to do with this now. i ASSume you live up her butt and have a love/hate for her?

        • James Northrup

          1334577 Sounds like a Real Person Profile. No Name? Another Annoying Troll Just Spreading all the False Narratives They are Spoon Fed .You are Correct Ron .Time for it to Yell Rascist and stick its Head in The Sand.😂

      • longa

        Oh don’t give 133445 9997 such hard time everybody. He’s either a paid protester, on government handouts or has developmental issues. Either way we the US citizens and middle class tax payers are going to have to pay his way otherwise he’ll be on the street begging for handouts.

      • Carmelo Negron

        Explain why on Barry’s Columbia U ID it reads “FOREIGN STUDENT” Smart mouth Liberal! Look it up yourself dude and Mexico will pay for the wall!!

      • gsphillips1

        Fake news….you mean like virtually everything that comes out of Trump’s mouth!

      • Mickey Emerson

        Guess what genius, Flynn made his calls from Trump towers, is it that hard to put two and two together for you. It is a matter of record they went to the FISA court twice, the first request was denied, not the second.
        What makes you so sure in the long run Mexico will not pay for the wall? The funds were put in place for construction during the 80s, if memory serves me to start it, bout time they get back to it.

      • Maya Pinion

        Do the simple math! If the funds were distributed equally among all 50 states (which I know they’re not, but for the sake of simplicity…), each state would receive LESS THAN $5000!! Divide that by how many counties are in the state, and you’re looking at a tiny amount. Hardly enough to shut down the program.

        • Denise Silver

          there are several sources of Federal funding to Meals on Wheels so the answer is not in yet as to the viabliiity of all Meals on Wheels programs

      • Tom Wise

        Obama was born in Kenya

        • James Northrup

          That’s What The Non Forged Birth Certificate Says!!! Time For Them To Yell Rascist and Run and Stick They’re Heads in the Sand.😂

    • Michele Ann Fabian

      this is actually fake news. please refer to the meals on wheels website:

      “In response to confusion around federal funding received by Meals on Wheels:

      Meals on Wheels services are provided directly to seniors by a nationwide network of 5,000 local community-run programs that, in the aggregate, receive 35% of their funding from the federal government.

      Some media outlets have incorrectly reported this number to be 3%, confusing it with the federal funding received by Meals on Wheels America, the national membership organization that does not provide direct services (e.g., meals). This miscommunication dramatically understates the significant impact of any federal budget cuts that may affect Meals on Wheels.”

      • Heather James

        The text you are posting says “updated” at the top. It used to say what the article included

        • Michele Ann Fabian

          the article included it but also altered the way it was presented to make it seem like something it is not. the updated article clears things up.

    • Dave Knetsch

      Dear Lord the “Fake News” cry is from folks on the right who don’t like the news they hear. Enough with Fake News already. As pointed out not all news is fake David, you are crying wolf when you trot it out and it makes you look like an idiot.

      Back on point again as discussed below this article, from a right wing source with an obvious agenda, is totally misleading. Talk about fake news. Will the cuts shut MOW down? Of course not, but it will have an affect. Not one single senior should go without a meal as your boy plays politics.

    • Caroline Alcaida

      Drumpf is the one that is suffering from a loss of integrity. Lowest approval rating ever for a sitting President so early in position.

    • Indibleau

      Updated March 19, 2017

      In response to confusion around federal funding received by Meals on Wheels:

      Meals on Wheels services are provided directly to seniors by a nationwide network of 5,000 local community-run programs that, in the aggregate, receive 35% of their funding from the federal government.

      Some media outlets have incorrectly reported this number to be 3%, confusing it with the federal funding received by Meals on Wheels America, the national membership organization that does not provide direct services (e.g., meals). This miscommunication dramatically understates the significant impact of any federal budget cuts that may affect Meals on Wheels.

      • David Horning

        “So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow..”

        That excerpt from their “clarifying” statement shows that they DON’T KNOW how much of a cut there will be. That alone should show that the media’s first reporting, which used scare tactic headlines warning of seniors starving, falls into the category of “fake news”. You know, like the political ads warning of supposed (nonexistent) Medicare cuts a few years ago used images of “evil political opponents” pushing seniors in wheelchairs over a cliff…

        The yellow journalism approach of the MSM is a disservice to the public, whom they feel are too naïve to make judgments on their own. Their elitist approach renders their reporting to be biased and self-serving.

        • urabask

          They’re saying that because it could be much worse dependent on cuts to HHS, not because they don’t know how much the CDBG cut will hurt local organizations.

          • David Horning

            Once again, a qualifier: “could be”.
            The article paints an exaggerated bleak future without enough facts to warrant such a prediction.
            Articles such as this use “yellow journalism” to instigate emotional reactions such as fear and anger, which do nothing more than polarize the issue and feed it with misinformation that only clouds judgment and hinders any real solutions.
            Such bias is why the media has trust issues, and why so much of it is labeled as “fake news”.

          • urabask

            Oh please. Under the budget proposal HHS would be losing 15.1 billion dollars in funding and 4.2 billion dollars worth of grants would be eliminated. Meals on wheels losing funding would be the tip of the iceberg if this went through.

          • David Horning

            I’m not arguing the merits of the proposal pro or con, I’m pointing out the shortcomings of the media’s presentation of the information. Using qualifiers and scare tactics insults the intelligence of the listener/reader and illustrates bias and/or agenda on the part of the media. All the media should do is present the news in an unbiased format and then let the audience debate the merits.
            I actually agree with you on the numbers, but I resent the media presenting news with foregone conclusions.

  • 13345 9997

    USMC…STILL, Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children—Blech!

    • Zen Bbq

      The Corps defends your right to say the pathetic and foolish things you do, even when you insult them.

  • Elizabeth Gwendolyn Enat-Hung

    If it is so fake, then why is the ass hole up there on video telling every one that they are cutting it?!

  • writerink

    No, it’s up to 35% cuts at Meals on Wheels because several other programs that fund Meals on Wheels are also getting their funds cut by the federal govt: http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/national/press-room/2017/03/16/statement-clarifying-federal-funding-to-meals-on-wheels

  • Edna Langman

    many elderly already have a government paid home attendant whose duty is to cook meals; therefore meals on wheels is not needed for these folks’ and not to mention those who are already on food stamps

    • littlebit

      I have had personal experience with friends and family members suffering from long term/terminal illnesses, that don’t seem to qualify for any government assistance…. the whole situation has become nothing but a political football, because in real America where real people live, I don’t know many, if any that actually qualify for squat! and I’m talking about people that have worked their whole lives, paid their taxes and tried to do everything right! it’s easy to jump on the bullshit train and get all worked up over what you read and hear, until or unless it affects actual people that you know and care about.

      • Dave Stirewalt

        I so agree..My wife fought cancer for 8 years and near the end I ask for disability once she could no longer go to work..denied, I ask for medicaid when she could no longer go to work..denied I ask for SS again denied….the reason, we owned stuff that we could sell. She worked and paid taxes for 31 years as is the same with me but when we needed a little help in her final days we got nothing…

        • littlebit

          that’s exactly what is happening sadly. families are forced to suffer with their loved ones illnesses, only to be forced to suffer the financial fallout as well. I think we can all agree the system is broken and needs to be fixed, as it seems that some use ‘the system’ as a means of income and lifestyle, and take advantage of the programs. however these kneejerk reactions by every administration is not solving the problems, only making them worse. I’d like to see some level heads get in there and see exactly where and how OUR money is being spent, and manage the money that is already there correctly and with common sense— instead of making it nothing but a pissing contest between red & blue…. we Americans are suffering because of it.

      • Edna Langman

        Hello there, there is a big difference between long term and terminal illnesses. They are on opposite part of the track. Terminally ill folks do qualify for a government program–hospice.

        • littlebit

          Edna, not necessarily. Hospice is funded a variety of ways; some government programs Medicare/Medicaid, insurance, donations etc. The care & availability vary widely. I have a friend who’s husband is terminally ill. His cancer is spreading rapidly and there is no more the docs can do, it is a matter of time… yet during this time, he requires around the clock care, cannot use the bathroom alone etc,.. however he is not ‘ill’ enough for hospice. The hospital is kicking him out, he is only 60 so not on Medicare, they own a small biz and home, so they don’t qualify for Medicaid, and their insurance does not pay for home health care…. they are who I am referring too,, people that do not qualify for assistance, yet stand to lose everything they have worked for because of an illness… I could go on, but I think you understand my point.

          • Edna Langman

            I am a hospice RN. I hope this fellow is not in any pain. If his cancer is spreading rapidly, he qualifies for home hospice. The inpatient hospice you are referring to is only for acute symptom management that is not treatable at home, or for end of life care in imminent death

          • littlebit

            he is in pain and it is spreading rapidly… his wife is understandably distraught as there were no options given to her. No hospice as he is still able to eat some, no rehab facility as he cannot be rehabbed, no home health &/or very limited… she is unable to manhandle him to care for him, much less keep their business going as well so that she doesn’t lose her only source of income. friends are helping but can only do so much. it’s a very sad situation. and it’s unfortunately not the first one I’ve known 🙁 I know we got off topic here, and I do appreciate your concern.

          • Edna Langman

            I wish him, his family and you all well

          • littlebit

            I passed along your info to the family, and want to thank you again for your info and compassion. It’s a shame we all can’t be this civil to each other when discussing things. this was very encouraging. wish you well also.

      • DefiantDeity

        Oh but if you are an illegal than you get free housing, healthcare, EBT etc…. Liberals love to claim this is false.

    • Bill Oakley

      A lot of those elderly people cannot afford a paid attendant and just because someone is on food stamps doesn’t mean they are physically able to cook anymore. Think about what you are going to type BEFORE you type it!

      • Edna Langman

        you just answered your concern. I typed that they have a govt paid attendant (meaning they cannot afford a private one) , and the duties include meal preparation. I know that for a fact because I have written plans of care to these home attendants in my role as a visiting nurse. As far as not being able to cook, then they qualify for home attendants my friend. I don’t need to think about all this before I type because I do this for a living so I am aware of all the rules and regulations my dear friend. Govt funding for meals on wheels is only 3 per cent, the rest is community or privately paid

        • jcitizen

          I can confirm this, and in fact it is usually STATE money that goes to these programs, where I live.

    • Michele Ann Fabian

      what the? i have never heard of this program of having a paid home attendant? is this a joke?

      • Edna Langman

        I meant that the home attendant comes paid by an agency paid for by medicare or medicaid . Of course there are restrictions and limitations, but yes it exists

  • Candice Hiler

    Meals on Wheels is a valid, excellent program, but people, please understand that they do NOT provide every meal, every day! Five meals a week in most cases, out of 21, and most of those recipients PAY for those meals! One site states that the cost per meal is almost $7.50. I can eat less expensively than that, so what are they doing with the federal money anyway??

    • EmpatheticRN

      My Dad and his wife got Meals on Wheels in their later years. Almost 6 years ago now. It cost them $35/week, each. They had a sandwich and fruit for lunch and a hot meal for dinner, M-F. It was prepared and delivered by volunteers. Some of the volunteers were as old as them. It started out as a church provided service many years ago as I knew a lot of people who volunteered to cook, drive and deliver. They also saved a lot of lives as they continually came upon some clients who had taken falls and would not have been discovered if not for them.

  • Christine Doberstein

    Total BS stop lying to the people you idiots. This link is from a legit news source. Pass it around everyone…
    http://www.kare11.com/entertainment/television/programs/breaking-the-news/pres-trump-did-not-kill-meals-on-wheels/423530287

  • Judy White Ornella

    I looked at the Meals on Wheels page. Meals on Wheels America is a support organization for Meals on Wheels–they do not actually serve any meals or have any part in running it. Meals on Wheels could lose 35% of its funding from the Older Americans Act AND ALSO lose money from block grants that will be cut also. Read it here: http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/take-action/advocate/advocacynews/2017/03/16/statement-clarifying-federal-funding-to-meals-on-wheels

  • Tammy

    Liberals live on fake news and conspiracy theories, especially with Asshole Obama leading the charge.

    • 13345 9997

      Oh? How ’bout…Ted Cruz’s father killed JFK…or…My phones were tapped by President Obama…or Mexico will pay for the walll? Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ha ha ha. tRump IS fake news, personified!

      • Zen Bbq

        More of that military decor? You *are* talking about the Commander-in-Chief. Is it customary in the US Army to be insubordinate to superior officers and the civilian Government you’re literally sworn to protect? Must be some different rules in the Army. Never hear a Navy man talking like that.

  • Dennis Folse

    If you join Meals on wheels, it’s 7.50 a day for their service, it’s not free at all!

  • Tanya Parker

    This is why most of us educated folks, either by school or street smarts , or both, have absolutely no respect for the media anymore. Its a true shame and disgrace. The news media is a wonderful source to let Americans know of impending dangers, recalls, etc. They have lost any and all creditably with many people. They only have themselves to blame.

  • Kate Dones

    Thank Goodness. I thought it was a little strange that such a life sustaining issue would be eliminated. So far that was the only one I disagree with. Not happy that the cuts have to be made but I believe it is necessary.

  • BrooklynGal

    Here’s some REAL NEWS, even with private donations and federal contributions, the Meals on Wheels program is STILL in a shortfall of cash, and MANY people are still on the waiting list to be served.

    So thanks to this site for contributing to the ‘fake news’ environment.

    I’ll bet the Koch brothers and the Trump camp pays you well to keep your sycophant followers ignorant.

  • Debbie

    I’m really confused, the start of article states only 3% comes from Federal Govt. yet when I read further I see FEDERAL several times as other ways Meals On Wheels gets funded. Can anyone explain POLITELY?

    • Sunsneezer

      It’s not just you. I clicked the link to actually read the statement from meals on wheels and it completely contradicts the conclusions of this article.

      “Some media outlets have incorrectly reported this number to be 3%, confusing it with the federal funding received by Meals on Wheels America, the national membership organization that does not provide direct services (e.g., meals). This miscommunication dramatically understates the significant impact of any federal budget cuts that may affect Meals on Wheels.”

      Who’s the fake news now?

      • Debbie

        Thank you, I’d much rather see cuts from welfare and people able to work than disabled young or elderly who can not.

  • Delores McKinniss

    I know that was a lie, President Trump said he was not going to hurt senior citizens. The lying media has to make a big deal out of nothing.

  • blowfisH

    If you click the link it will take you to the official statement which has been updated since these words were said.

  • Debbie Casuccio Arber

    This is a quote from the Meals on Wheels’ article: “Yep. Meals on Wheels is completely financially sound without the help of the fed. Imagine that. They get grants, of course. But the amount being proposed to be cut is insignificant and won’t harm operations in any meaningful manner. The grants aren’t changed.

    And no, Trump’s move to cut down spending anywhere and everywhere possible won’t damage MoW at all.

    So the next time you see that silly fake news link on Fakebook or CNN, just give it a thumbs down. Because the claim is absolutely ridiculous.”

  • Desert Prog

    “HOLLANDER: Absolutely, and that’s why cutting Meals on Wheels programs doesn’t make economic sense. We know that Meals on Wheels enables seniors to stay out of much more expensive health care settings, such as unnecessary visits to the emergency room, admissions, re-admissions to hospitals, and also premature placement in long-term care facilities. That saves taxpayers millions of dollars annually. We also know that Meals on Wheels can help reduce falls and things that do contribute significantly. We spend $31 billion a year in falls alone, and we know that Meals on Wheels recipients say that just by having a nutritious meal, being nourished, knowing someone is coming to check on them; they fall less, they have less of a fear of falling. So we know that the economics are there. We’ve had some third parties do some independent studies as well. Brown University had a great study in 2012 that said that for every state that spent $25 more per senior on Meals on Wheels they would realize a reduction in the low care nursing home population of up to 1 percent. That translates to millions of dollars in Medicaid savings alone. So, it’s a solution. “https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2017/03/17/watch-president-meals-wheels-explain-how-trumps-budget-devastates-senior-services/215739

  • Harold D. Burson

    They can’t handle the truth – that Trump won. They are just as bad as the ones who rioted tearing up and burning property –

  • Cynthia Daigle Homuth

    I was just wondering if I read it wrong because it say 35% the 3% is something different. did the BOZO that posted this even read the article

  • james

    Hey it would be easy to make up the difference if Ivanka moves into the white house and Trump stops taking vacations in Florida every week. We could save meals on wheels and tons more programs if we stop spending those millions on the the trumps.

    • DefiantDeity

      Or if we take back the billions Obama sent to Iran to fund terrorism. Or how about the 94 million we spent just on obamas travel expenses for his vacations? Oh but you can go ahead and cry over this tiny bit of money while Iran has billions they are using to fund jihad. I hope you live in a big city because it would be sweet irony if idiots like you become the target of radical islam that was funded by the money Obama sent to Iran. I would not feel sorry for you idiots just like I don’t feel sorry for the idiots in CA, NY, and Boston when they were victims of their own idiotic beliefs.

  • james

    It amazes me how many misinformed people there are out there. Particularly on the right. I think this period will go down as the misinformation age.

    • DefiantDeity

      Or it will go down as the useful idiot age where humanity spiraled into a decline due to low IQ idiots breeding (leftist) and also forcing their agenda onto others. Challenge me on any issue and I will bring facts that will expose you as the idiot that has not done any research and void of any real information/knowledge.

  • William E A Biefus
    • Richard Harold Weatherfield

      “idiots” are also people who post memes on comment threads as if it in any way furthers their argument.

      • William E A Biefus

        Did someone say they have a opinion about idiots ? Must be one of those tabloid people now they actually exist unlike that metaphorical mythical troll ..haaaaa !

        • Richard Harold Weatherfield

          Funny how you say internet trolls don’t exist and then proceed to act exactly like one. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a10cba4555411a99f0710a91987f041344c30ebc11f7acd483cd2ce6c1dd9b27.jpg

          • William E A Biefus

            So according to you trolls are on the internet and actually exist ? Now thats not just funny thats hysterical. Care to elaborate on how mythical creatures actually act? Haaaaa

          • William E A Biefus

            Oh yes im a idiot according to the uneducated using slang brilliant I cant wait to see your test scores..haaaa

          • Richard Harold Weatherfield

            WEll, at least you’ve admitted to being an idiot.

          • William E A Biefus

            Oh and richard before I leave you here all alone with your tabloid news I just have to mention when you enter a battle of wits please make sure you come armed you keep forgetting your brain ! Haaa

          • Richard Harold Weatherfield

            Are you looking in a mirror currently? The only brainless one I see here is you.

          • William E A Biefus

            Funny that you can’t comprehend my post I said trolls dont actually exist not internet trolls idiot

          • Richard Harold Weatherfield

            Funny that you can’t comprehend that I wasn’t TALKING about mythological trolls but i WAS talking about internet trolls, fuckwad.

      • William E A Biefus
        • Richard Harold Weatherfield

          Have fun wiping some dude’s ass in your next life, then.

  • Catherine Bowen Millian

    This is directly from meals on wheels website. It’s not just MOW that will have cuts its the congregate meals that are provided for seniors at senior centers. And before you start bashing I run a nutrition center with 145 seniors on my list. If this is past it will cut funding for this program by 17.5 percent. While I support our President I also believe they should keep these people in mind when making decisions. In response to confusion around federal funding received by Meals on Wheels:

    Meals on Wheels services are provided directly to seniors by a nationwide network of 5,000 local community-run programs that, in the aggregate, receive 35% of their funding from the federal government.

    Some media outlets have incorrectly reported this number to be 3%, confusing it with the federal funding received by Meals on Wheels America, the national membership organization that does not provide direct services (e.g., meals). This miscommunication dramatically understates the significant impact of any federal budget cuts that may affect Meals on Wheels. The above quote from MOW is not in its entirety. This is the full quote.

    What we know about the budget so far:
    The 35% federal funding that goes directly to local Meals on Wheels programs comes from the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program that falls under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The impact on these funds has not yet been announced but, given the proposed 17.9% cut prescribed for HHS, could be at risk.

    Also announced is the proposed elimination of two block grant programs (Community Service Block Grant and Community Development Block Grant) that are available for states to direct, at their discretion, to a large number of community programs which for some states includes augmented funding for Meals on Wheels. The fate of a third block grant program that also provides discretionary money for states to use for nutrition services (Social Services Block Grant) falls under HHS, but details have not yet been announced.

  • jimvancise

    Time.com responds to Fake News concerning “Fake News” :http://time.com/money/4703456/trump-budget-meals-on-wheels/

    • jimvancise

      “A proposal of the Trump budget, released Thursday morning, calls for the complete elimination of the Community Development Block Grant program, which operates under the Department of Housing and Urban Development and covers Meals on Wheels. The budget plan estimates that cutting the program would save the government $3 billion.”

      • jimvancise

        While it’s true that The Feds provide only 4% of the funding, my State of Pennsylvania seems to have a heck of a time funding it’s System of Public Education as it is-asking them for more for Meals on Wheals would appear to be like getting blood from a Beet.

  • arisgma

    I can’t image how many elderly and disabled who depend on Mow to survive were scared by these fake news releases. Whoever put them out there should be ashamed. Is it really worth it to scare these poor home-bound folks just to try and discredit Trump one more time?

  • Community Development Block Grant, are one of the grants being cut, which directly impacts Meals On Wheels as well as a host of other programs. But guess WHO doesn’t get cut? That’s right, the handouts to Israel. So we can cut programs and funding that help the poor in this country, but when it comes to foreign aid to Israel, ‘we ain’t touchin’ that’.

  • Robbie Fitzpatrick

    The same goes for the money provided by the Federal Government through the National Endowment for the Arts. When you look at the amounts and how much goes to so many organizations and events, no one of them gets the bulks of their revenue from taxpayers. If they wish, they should do fine.

  • Robert Kerr

    Follow the link to the Meals on Wheels statement and it says nothing of the sort. In fact:

    “With a stated 17.9% cut to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) budget, however, it is difficult to imagine a scenario in which these critical services would not be significantly and negatively impacted if enacted into law.

    “’The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details. So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced healthcare expenses,’ said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO Meals on Wheels America.”

  • John-Charles Gray

    The Federal Block Grant only accounts for 3% of their funding. The other grants account for about 7%. And Health and Human Services is responsible for 35%. So all total they could see 45% of their funding go away. Trump has promised to do away with all federal grant projects. He has also been threatening to destroy the Department of Health and Human Services. I often wonder where people like this Eric Odom come fro

  • DefiantDeity

    Millions? Obama sent Iran billions of dollars, then there is all the other funding he has sent over to his muslim buddies.

  • MiMi LaLoca

    Talk about fake news! The link you provided actually says this:

    “Meals on Wheels services are provided directly to seniors by a nationwide network of 5,000 local community-run programs that, in the aggregate, receive 35% of their funding from the federal government.

    Some media outlets have incorrectly reported this number to be 3%, confusing it with the federal funding received by Meals on Wheels America, the national membership organization that does not provide direct services (e.g., meals). This miscommunication dramatically understates the significant impact of any federal budget cuts that may affect Meals on Wheels.

    What we know about the budget so far:

    The 35% federal funding that goes directly to local Meals on Wheels programs comes from the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program that falls under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The impact on these funds has not yet been announced but, given the proposed 17.9% cut prescribed for HHS, could be at risk.”

  • Allison Strickland Ricketts

    Mr. Odom, are you really that reading comprehension-challenged? Or were you actually aware that your 3% claim relates only to Meals on Wheels America and cited it despite the fact that the first sentence of the article says Meals on Wheels itself receives 35% of its funding from federal government?

    • Valdez

      Look in the mirror when you type. The 35% is funded by the Older Americans Act and is not the funding program cut. (The Community Development Block Grant and Community Services Block Grant were cut)

  • Helen Shelton Cato

    If you go read the MOW statement, they are very concerned about losing the funding. Why did you write this false statement?

  • Mary Cummins

    Read the actual report. It’s not only $250K or 3%. It’s 35%. Even more could be lost.

  • RAHRICK

    from Give.org Meals on Wheels Chief Executive
    Ellie Hollander, President and Chief Executive Officer
    Compensation*
    $293,905

  • John

    disgusting. I’m waiting for the cuts in welfare please. I’m so fucking sick of hearing Social Security and Medicare will be cut but NEVER a word about cutting the leeches off of welfare. bring back the WPA to repair the disintegrating infrastructure. first explain the WPA to welfare moochers and let the howling begin.

  • Budda
  • HS71

    The Democrats do not seem to be embarrassed at all by acknowledging the continued need for “meals on wheels” -the modern day soup kitchen- by vigorously criticizing GOP reduction in funding -it would seem that the mobile soup kitchen is deemed an essential component of their social services program!

  • JRoenick

    All you have to do is literally click the statement that is linked and it shows this article is full of crap. “Some media outlets have incorrectly reported this number to be 3%, confusing it with the federal funding received by Meals on Wheels America, the national membership organization that does not provide direct services (e.g., meals). This miscommunication dramatically understates the significant impact of any federal budget cuts that may affect Meals on Wheels.” Fake news calling real new fake news. It’s actually 35% of their budget, and another 17% in grants they could lose.

    • Tom Wise

      The number 3% comes from Meals on Wheels itself. Google News.

      • JRoenick

        No Tom, that’s the membership site for meals on wheels that does not provide services. If you actually clicked on the statement link IN THIS ARTICLE, it clarifies that.

    • Valdez

      ” 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..”

      Trump cut the Community Development Block grants NOT the Older Americans Act funding. I know this fact doesn’t fit your rhetoric, however.

      • JRoenick

        It’s not my rhetoric, it’s literally copied off of the link that is provided in this article.

  • Tom Wise

    Did you know the sequestration in 2012/2013 took money away from Meals on Wheels, and Obama signed on to it!

  • Tom Wise

    BTW, are you telling me that philanthropic organizations won’t make up the difference? In fact, maybe the Trump organization will send them the money.

  • Willie Ellison

    If he’s taking a dime it’s not fake news

  • Willie Ellison

    every time the media says something about Trump that you doesn’t like that has to be fake there’s only one fake news and that is Fox News

  • Skylab99

    …sigh….read what the program itself says about their funding – hint: Liberty Media is feeding us a line of BS. http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/national/press-room/2017/03/16/statement-clarifying-federal-funding-to-meals-on-wheels

  • Indibleau

    LOL
    From the Meals on Wheels Website:

    Updated March 19, 2017

    In response to confusion around federal funding received by Meals on Wheels:

    Meals on Wheels services are provided directly to seniors by a nationwide network of 5,000 local community-run programs that, in the aggregate, receive 35% of their funding from the federal government.

    Some media outlets have incorrectly reported this number to be 3%, confusing it with the federal funding received by Meals on Wheels America, the national membership organization that does not provide direct services (e.g., meals). This miscommunication dramatically understates the significant impact of any federal budget cuts that may affect Meals on Wheels.

  • Joke Able

    I have a pet peeve that you guys just triggered. Even in grade school we lost points on any report, classwork, or homework submitted without the date. How hard is it to put the date in the header? Sheesh, things I learned in grade school, you’ve apparently forgotten.

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