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Trump's budget could mean 110 go without Meals on Wheels in Wake County

Posted March 20

Days after President Donald Trump released his federal budget plan, many have wondered how it will impact organizations and groups.

Trump's proposed budget does not completely do away with Meals on Wheels, but what some are calling a small cut in federal funding could make a big difference for the organization in Wake County.

Millie Dunn Veasey is a 99-year-old World War II veteran with stories to tell. She has seen and done what some could only dream of and is still able to do a lot, but she knows gathering and preparing meals is pretty much out of the question for her.

“I would not be able to. Actually, I would be moved into a nursing home really, which I would hate to do right now,” Veasey said.

Veasey receives hot meals from Meals on Wheels Wake County.

Most federal money supporting Meals on Wheels comes from the Department of Health and Human Services. The Trump administration has proposed cutting DHHS funding by nearly 18 percent, but it is unclear what programs would be directly impacted.

A spokesperson for the administration said federal dollars only account for about 3 percent of funding for Meals on Wheels.

“For every dollar in public funding that we get from the federal, state and county government, we do raise about $2,” said Alan Winstead with Wake Meals on Wheels.

Although the 3 percent of funding from the federal government may not sound like much, Winstead said it could mean a loss of several thousand dollars.

“Based on the proposed budget that the president released just last week, we would estimate that about $200,000 would be cut from our program and that means that we would not have enough money to feed 110 people,” he said.

Veasey said, for her, Meals on Wheels is more than just a hot meal.

“Meals on Wheels’ smiling faces help me during the day,” she said.

Winstead said even though the official impact of the budget cuts on Meals on Wheels is unclear, they are using the time to advocate and raise money for the program.


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  • Jeffrey Derry Mar 21, 6:58 p.m.
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  • Carl Keehn Mar 21, 3:22 p.m.
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    You would lose that bet. According to Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group; President Obama spent about 97 Million dollars over an 8 year period. That works out to about 12 million dollars per year. President Trump has spent 13 million dollars or more in 2 months.

  • Travis Perry Mar 21, 2:27 p.m.
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    Like the 36 million in taxes he paid in 05. If you do not like him paying taxes as the law requires, then vote in people that will change the tax laws. As long as he or anyone else follows the laws, I could care less what they make or pay in taxes. Unlike a Dem or lib, I am not jealous of people who are successful, as long as they followed the law.

  • Travis Perry Mar 21, 2:25 p.m.
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    Guarantee the money that Trump has spent thus far and will spend will be a fraction of what O spent. 100 million for one trip to Africa. How do you even justify that. Like how you avoided that little fact.

  • Ralph Savary Mar 21, 12:25 p.m.
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    Heck, they're ok with him not paying taxes!

  • Arinzo Williams Mar 21, 12:03 p.m.
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    I guess nobody has a complaint about the money being spent on 45 staying at his resort let's not forget the wife in NY.
    I wonder if you have numbers for that? I doubt it.

  • Travis Perry Mar 21, 11:08 a.m.
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    I wonder if you ever complained about the last president and all of his traveling and vacationing. Including the African Safari that set the tax payers back a cool 100 million. That's right 100 million. That could have fed a lot of elderly people and veterans and homeless Americans.

  • Sean Creasy Mar 21, 8:49 a.m.
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    Maybe we should stop worrying about clothing, housing, providing free medical care and feeding millions of "refugees" and "undocumented immigrants" (I.E. Illegal Aliens) and focus strictly on taking care of our own citizens.. That by itself would make the budget a lot more affordable and we wouldn't have to make cuts.....

  • Robin Cubbon Mar 21, 7:25 a.m.
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    i can't see how any one could have a problem with feeding seniors. we have enough money for the president to spend almost every weekend in florida and his wife still in new york but we need to cut meals to seniors and school lunches for poor kids? money always wins over people in the end. i am fine to raise my taxes to pay for fellow citizens that need help. i am not that selfish. where is the morality?

  • Eric Rothman Mar 21, 6:29 a.m.
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    I don't want anyone to go without food! But at some point, something's have to be cut! You just can't keep spending and spending money you don't have. The meals in wheels program will have to get creative, fund raise, etc!!!