“The seniors in our area are very proud, they worked hard,” Duke said. “If it is more social, they don’t feel like they are poor. They feel like they are part of the community.”

Duke said they will even do small favors, such as changing the clocks so the senior doesn’t have to climb up on a chair.

Eva Call said she is 75 and her income is just $439 a month, leaving her just $2 a day to buy food. She is being treated for two cancers and her doctor told her to contact Meals on Wheels because her poor nutrition was causing serious health issues.

She said she has no family and no children, so the daily visit from Duke means a lot to her.

“Sometimes I don’t go out for a week at a time, but she is there every day,” Call said. “Just knowing she is coming is important to me.”

Chagnon also pointed out that at the national level there is support for the program from donations; in Strafford County the income levels don’t support that.

“We get some money from the county and will be reaching out to the communities to ask for support,” Chagnon said. “People can donate if they want to and we can always use more volunteers.”

Shea-Porter said Trump’s budget calls for an almost 18 percent cut in funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, and once its budget is made, Meals on Wheels could be affected.

Shea-Porter said Trump’s budget is being called the “skinny budget” because it is short on details, making it hard to know what the impact will be, but in the meantime, people need to raise their voices in support of these services.

“These stories here are playing out across the country,” Shea-Porter said. “I will take what I have heard here and share it with my colleagues, some Republicans.”