About 1,500 congregate meals and 2,200 home-delivered meals are served daily through the program, which provides nutritional meals for all people to enjoy.
As part of a national campaign to highlight the importance of meals on wheels, Betty had a chance to help in the Silver Key Kitchen alongside Chef Jeremy, high school and college students, as well as countless other volunteers.
Toscano said the nonprofit service, which served 66,000 meals in this area a year ago, not only provides nourishment and visits to low-income homebound residents, many of them elderly, but it also saves money. "Meals on Wheels sounds great, but we're not going to spend on programs that can not show that they actually deliver the promises we've made to people", Mulvaney stated.
Roughly a third of the funding most Meals on Wheels programs receive is from federal dollars, funneled through a variety of senior and housing programs.
She said cuts would still be felt if they impacted other Meals on Wheels programs.
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"The hot boxes, when they open them up, they're stacked with four or five meals in them and then there's a cold meal in the cold boxes with milk or juice or whatever their diet calls for", May says.
Edwards said she has worked for ma4 since 2009, and 2016 was the first year they have had a waiting list.
"Clearly there's a threat of cuts, but we don't know how big the army is coming over the hill", said John Skirven, CEO of Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia. Most Meals on Wheels branches operate this way. For instance, Sentara Life Care has a Mobile Meals program for people in Norfolk and Portsmouth that is self supporting. "We get a small grant from the county which we have to re-apply for all of the time", said board member and volunteer Terry Thomas.
Last year, Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches delivered 37,000 meals across the county.
Phillips said in an interview that Meals on Wheels of Boulder is lucky to have support from residents and businesses, but the program is facing some cuts unrelated to the federal budget. "So you're maybe the only person in a day to talk to them, and it makes us feel good, too". Clients receive two meals a day, Monday through Friday.