The full federal budget proposal was released on May 23,, 2017. Just as in the March 16th preliminary announcement, among proposed cuts in the Health and Human Services portion of the budget is a total elimination of the CDBG program. (Community Development Block Grant) This program was begun in 1974, is administered by the Housing and Urban Development Department (under the auspices of Health and Human Services), and – among other things – it provides communities with resources to address a wide range of community development needs, including providing services to the most vulnerable in our communities.
Not all 5,000 Meals on Wheels local organizations receive these grants, but a majority do. Meals on Wheels Yolo County receives 3 of these grants: From the cities of Davis and Woodland, and from Yolo County (called CSBG: Community Services Block Grant). These 3 grants make up 6% of our income in our 2016-17 budget and help us serve 353 extremely low income senior clients. If these grants are indeed, cut, we will need to make some big changes in how we can keep these most vulnerable clients in our program.
Additionally, the primary source of federal Meals on Wheels funding – the Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program – would receive a $3 million decrease over current FY 2017 levels, which will also affect our program.
We want to assure you, that over the coming months, as Congress addresses federal budget matters, we will continue the service we have provided for 42 years here in Yolo County with no disruption. We are working with our legislators to make sure these budget cuts do not take place. We also are a member of Meals on Wheels America, whose lobbyists are working hard on this challenge. We have hope that these cuts will not happen; however, we are not relying solely on hope, but on the hard work of advocacy for the important work that we do every day.
Our continued success in delivering this program is directly related to the generosity of support of our community. Thank you for your support and involvement; keep up-to-date on our website: https://mowyolo.org and our Facebook page: Meals on Wheels Yolo County.
Christi Skibbins, Executive Director