Meals on Wheels could face funding issues after Trump budget

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GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mi - Following the release of President Trump's federal budget plan Thursday, Meals on Wheels is speaking out about the impact the cuts could have on them.

The organization says about 36 percent of its funding comes from federal and state money through the Area Agency on Aging.

They say the elimination of the funding could have a tremendous impact on its ability to serve seniors.

The agency's manager says several senior clients have already called in, concerned about their meals.

“We are not going to close. We just can’t,” said Meals on Wheels Manager Lisa Robitshek. “This is not just a nice thing to have, it’s a necessity for people. They don't have any other resources . They will literally starve. They don't have food, they’re home-bound and they don't have ways to get food.”

To help deal with these budget cuts, Meals on Wheels is having a fundraiser Saturday at Moomers Homemade Ice Cream from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. All proceeds from the Hot Fudge Sundae Bar benefit Meals on Wheels.

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