A recent Minnesota Public Radio story looked at the statewide consequences of federal budget cuts to senior meal programs. Metro Meals on Wheels Executive Director Patrick Rowan was interviewed about the impact on local Meals on Wheels programs.
Not all local Meals on Wheels programs receive federal funding through the Older Americans Act, but those that do have been negatively affected by the federal budget sequester during the past year. While we recently received good news when Congress reached a budget agreement for the 2014-15 biennium, discretionary funding for programs like senior meals is still being discussed.
We’re hopeful that Congress will restore funding to the Older Americans Act so that Meals on Wheels programs that rely on federal funding will be able to provide home-delivered meals to everyone who needs them.