From the Executive Director


Update On Federal Funding For Our Program

For the 2nd year in a row, the White House has now sent an annual budget outline to Congress, outlining spending priorities and laying a legislative and policy agenda for the Administration for the next fiscal year beginning October 1, that eliminates funding for a majority of Meals on Wheels programs. Congress is still in the midst of negotiating the current FY 2018 appropriations bills and this proposal does not reflect the new funding levels agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act signed into law on February 9, so some budget details remain unclear at this time.

It's important to remember that the President's Budget does not automatically become law; rather, it provides recommendations to Congress for consideration. It is ultimately up to Congress – through the budget and appropriations processes – to draft bills that include final funding levels for specific programs.

What It Could Mean For Our Program

Below is a breakdown of how this budget proposal could impact our own program and seniors we serve, if it were to become law as written:

  • Older Americans Act (OAA) Funds: The proposal calls for level funding for senior nutrition programs.  This means, that for the 12th year in a row – during the exact years that the huge numbers of citizens in Baby Boom Generation are becoming eligible for our program – there has been no increase in the amount of federal funding for Meals on Wheels. Even level funding represents a setback at a time when inflation and such a growing need for services already outpace available resources. We currently receive about 24% of our annual income from these funds.
  • Elimination of Block Grants: This budget proposes to eliminate several key block grants on which we rely, including the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). These block grants had also been targeted for elimination in the President's FY 2018 Budget last year, which has still not been resolved.  We currently receive about 3% of our annual income from 3 local grants; down from 4% last year.

As Congress works to simultaneously wrap up the appropriations process for FY 2018 and turn its attention to FY 2019, I will continue to review the President's Budget carefully and share any important updates regarding our program that may arise. You can check here and on our Facebook page for updates. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions; we appreciate your interest and support during these frustrating times.

Christi Skibbins

Executive Director

      (530) 662-7035 x204