Some good news to come out of this horrible, awful, cruel mess of a budget proposal — donations and volunteer pledges for Meals on Wheels are up.
CNN reported that the Meals on Wheels program has received 50 times the amount of usual daily donations after the Trump administration made clear the program’s funding would be cut. Volunteer sign-ups apparently also surged, by 500% according to a spokeswoman for Meals on Wheels America quoted by CNN.
Bertolette said the support to the national Meals on Wheels office has been “amazing” and “very overwhelming.”
Several local Meals on Wheels organizations said they had received similar support. Metro Meals on Wheels, which covers Minneapolis and St. Paul, said the group received about 40 donations in the past 24 hours, well over the usual average of three or four donations a day.
Similarly, Ellen Horwitz of Meals on Wheels of West Los Angeles said there’s been an “abundance of people calling in the last two days saying, ‘Can we help?'”
The outpouring of support comes shortly after the White House’s budget blueprint suggested eliminating the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program and cutting funding for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Meals on Wheels provides meals and other support for over 2 million senior citizens. The nonprofit’s funding, which the Trump budget proposal intends to axe, comes from the Community Development Block Grant and the Department of Health and Human Services.
You can donate to Meals on Wheels or sign up as a volunteer on their website.