While AOWN mostly receives state funding, federal funding is "a far amount" of its budget, Mary Smith, programs coordinator, said.
As part of "Champions for Meals on Wheels" week, local politicians, like San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate and National City Mayor Ron Morrison, as well as local business leaders and celebrities are donating their time and talents to help prepare and deliver meals. The little things they do cheer you up.
But only a small number of local Meals on Wheels programs rely on that funding. To ensure sufficient funds to operate, each center needs to bring in about one-third of its budget.
Benton County collects a property tax of $0.05 per $100 assessed value for senior services.
"The nutritious meals prepared by our kitchen staff and hand-delivered by our dedicated volunteers allow the thousands of low-income seniors we serve every day to stay in their own homes and out of assisted living facilities", said CEO and President Dan Pruett.
The program itself could face an 18 percent cut from the federal government and would call for more donations from the community in order to keep its doors open.
In the past six months, 370 individuals in the community received 30,500 hot meals. In addition, approximately 1000 meals are served monthly on-site in the cafeteria. Kaye Fair said homebound clients receive statements showing the value of what they have received, and can contribute if they wish to do so. There is a proposed 17.9 percent, or $15.1 billion, cut to the department, according to the federal budget blueprint released last week. They started getting them about a year ago, after Frances struggled so much with back pain that she no longer could cook. Trump's proposed cuts have recipients and volunteers on edge. "So we're going to need more volunteers, more support, more donations". "And if we succeed at that, that'll be great and, if we don't, I look forward to a trial and being exonerated, because I know what I did, and I know the work I do and it has nothing to do with what's alleged".
May it be so in Missouri, starting right here in Benton County!