Shea-Porter, Meals on Wheels Seniors Highlight Trump Budget Harms
SOMERSWORTH, NH — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today hosted a roundtable discussion with Meals on Wheels volunteers, staff, and clients at the Strafford Nutrition Program’s Somersworth headquarters. The discussion highlighted how deep cuts in President Trump’s budget proposal would hurt New Hampshire communities. During the roundtable, Strafford Nutrition Program Director Jaymie Chagnon said that just a 3% cut in federal funding could lead to 2,500 fewer meal deliveries in Strafford County per year.
“We want everybody to come together, regardless of political party, age or income to say these are the programs that show our best face and show how we take care of each other," Shea-Porter said. "Where they have gone for the cuts is deeply concerning."
Meals on Wheels receives funding from state, county and federal government agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, which faces an 18% across-the-board cut in President Trump’s budget blueprint, and Community Development Block Grants, which the budget blueprint would eliminate.
The Strafford Nutrition Program (Meals on Wheels) provides hot, nutritious meals to senior citizens who are homebound or disabled. Surveyed New Hampshire seniors who receive Meals on Wheels say that for 53% of recipients, their home-delivered meal represents half of their food for the day. Meals on Wheels drivers deliver the meal directly to the client and ensure that the client is physically well. Drivers provide an essential sense of community for seniors who are homebound and contribute to their safety and wellbeing. For over half of the surveyed recipients, social interaction from the driver is as important as the hot meal.