A Meals on Wheels branch outside Detroit, she said, would lose one-third of its budget without the grants. The branch in San Jose would lose $100,000.
And the organization has speculated that Trump’s vague budget outline also could slash the Older Americans Act, which it says funds more than one-third of Meals on Wheels operations across the United States.
“Federal funding is at risk,” reads a banner ad that greets visitors to the nonprofit group’s website. “Help us defend these vital services today.”
The actual effect of next year’s budget on the program is unclear — in part because Trump’s budget plan is thin on details.
The proposed elimination of the $3 billion block grant program would affect mostly housing programs, not food services.
The budget outline doesn’t say what would happen to Older Americans Act funding, leaving Meals on Wheels officials to worry and wonder.
The White House was “literally taking food away from seniors,” said Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (D-Calif.), according to the Associated Press.
Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (R-Fla.) said he ran Meals on Wheels deliveries himself.
Outside Washington, people across the country have been offering help to Meals on Wheels since the Trump budget outline was released, program executives told CNN.
Donations to the program’s national office will be spent on advocacy and awareness campaigns, according to a spokeswoman.
The local branches that actually bring food to people have separate donations streams — but they’ve reported surges too, with money and volunteer sign-ups pouring in from Minneapolis to west Los Angeles.