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Saving Meals on Wheels Means Preserving Families

Saving Meals on Wheels Means Preserving Families

A delivery in Chagrin Falls, Ohio is on its way to a resident, from the Chagrin Falls Meals on Wheels program, in 2012. At that time, the number of residents 65 and older was increasing at a rate of nearly 8 percent. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:03 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The proposal to cut Meals on Wheels to increase funds for the military is wrong and dumb, if the program is not augmented elsewhere. This cut from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as well as its Division on Aging is in addition to a 10 percent decrease for such programs emanating from Obama administration changes.

As such, the dye for citizens who have often given their life’s blood to the best interest of this nation could potentially be diminished. This program could be blended into that for Food Stamps and Nutrition Assistance available to the poor.

Meals on Wheels receives about 35 percent of its funds from the federal government, with the rest coming from donations. For the residing poor elderly, i.e. those who are trying to remain living at home, rather than go to a nursing facility — unable to drive, house rich and income poor (more than a house on one acre of land and a car), ineligible for Medicare, etc.  — delivered meals are a lifeline. 

Fortunately for many who can afford it, but have other limitations, one can purchase the food Meals on Wheels serves at a cheap rate. This program works and has shown its value.

Meals on Wheels' under-appreciated value is that it also provides someone to visit those who are homebound. That same visiting personnel can call family, friends, social services, or emergency assistance if recipients are determined to be in distress.

When I provided this type of assistance for some neighbors against their will, they later informed me of how much they looked forward to the visits and delivery of food daily.

Aging on no retirement had also decreased both their grocery budget and taste buds.  This also meant that their cooking sense of taste vastly diminished as well.

Living far away, it was reassuring that someone visited them daily.

There are also an abundance of untapped options to supplement Meals on Wheels program, including college caring programs in which the elderly could be invited to take courses on campus as well as have lunch at a reduced rate.

The older generation and the young need to interact, and this can be a positive for both.

Churches and local institutions should designate a part of their collections not just for foreign missions, but for those at home — in their local communities.

Family members need to reconnect and appreciate the fact that a family meal serves as a tremendous bonding opportunity.

In all of our cutting, make sure vital safety nets such as these are still in place.

Dr. Ada M. Fisher was the first black woman to serve as the Republican National Committeewoman. She was a candidate for the U.S. Senate from North Carolina, a candidate for U.S. Congress, and a candidate for the North Carolina House of Representatives. She is the author of "Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us, Book I." For more of her reports, Go Here Now.

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Family members need to reconnect and appreciate the fact that a family meal serves as a tremendous bonding opportunity. In all of our cutting, make sure vital safety nets such as Meals on Wheels are still in place.
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