News Release

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Guy Arceneaux            443-573-0924

Email:                          arceneaux@mowcm.org

Address:                      515 South Haven Street

                                    Baltimore, MD 21224

 

March 17, 2017 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEALS ON WHEELS OF CENTRAL MARYLAND, INC. REACTS TO
PROPOSED WHITE HOUSE BUDGET CUTS 

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is aware of the current news reports circulating regarding federal budget cuts to Meals on Wheels funding nationwide.

Executive Director Stephanie Archer-Smith thinks that these cuts are “infuriating” and “more than hurtful, because we stand by the work that we do and see first hand, the impact that it has”. Reducing our budget means that people aren’t being served and meals aren’t being delivered. It costs roughly $4000 per year to support a client with meals. For every $8 dollars we lose, it’s one more person, one more day, that hasn’t been served a meal.

In Baltimore city alone, these cuts mean we will serve 150 fewer people, we currently
serve 576 clients in Baltimore City, annually. We serve a total of 3,000 clients region-wide and expect there to be at least 1,000 people affected by these cuts.

We have been doing this work for more than 60 years. And our benefits to the most vulnerable go beyond food. Our volunteers are also trained to notice changes in our clients’ demeanor as well as other red flags during their daily wellness check.  Discovering problems early can lead to early intervention so that seniors can be connected to other service they might need.

We are following this story as it develops and will keep our clients and volunteers up to date as the story unfolds. At this point this is the beginning of the budget process in Washington, D.C. and many things can change. We are committed to do whatever we need to do to ensure impact to our programs is minimal.

As Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is a nonprofit organization, support from the community is needed now more than ever. 

About Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland

Founded in 1960, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is a
nonprofit organization that enables homebound seniors and disabled individuals to eat well and remain in their own homes in Central Maryland.  A dedicated staff and volunteer corps prepare and deliver nearly one million nutritious meals each year. 

The organization also provides grocery shopping and other community connections to help individuals maintain their independence and age with grace and dignity. To learn more about Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and their programs, visit: www.mealsonwheelsmd.org or call 410-558-0932. For those interested in volunteering please visit https://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org/Volunteer. To make a tax deductible donation you can visit https://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org/Donate-Online 

 

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