As you may well know Meals on Wheels, etc. is the parent company of Top Hat Catering. You may also know that Meals on Wheels American is under a bit of pressure due to recent political funding complications. While this may not directly affect our specific Branch or Region, it’s very important that we shine a spotlight on this.
We sometimes forget that we as Americans have a voice in politics, and if we each take at least a little action, it could all add up to serious influence and lead to change.
The Washington Post recently did an article on this situation, using an example of one of our many wonderful volunteers and how much people love to help our senior citizens. Read the featured article below for more details.
Here is the Article from the Washington Post
"Ellie Hollander is president and chief executive of Meals on Wheels America.
As you read this, Murel Johnson is probably driving. For the past 16 years, the 93-year-old has delivered fresh, hot meals to older Americans and people with disabilities across Lake Oswego, Ore. She knows that for the 20 people she will visit during the course of her route, she is a lifeline — likely providing the only companionship and nutritious meal they will have all day.
Johnson is exactly the kind of unpaid volunteer President Richard Nixon imagined when he signed an amendment to the Older Americans Act 45 years ago. He established the nation’s nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older with the faith that if the federal government helped fund the meals, an army of volunteers would provide the wheels.
The new administration recently shined a curious spotlight on that work when it proposed cutting a handful of federal programs that fund Meals on Wheels in communities across the United States. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, suggested that Meals on Wheels “sounds great ,” but that it — along with other social programs referenced — is ineffective. That doesn’t square with the experience of local communities or the outcomes of dozens of studies, which have found that the program is already stretching inadequate funds to get results."
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