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Nashville Meals On Wheels Not Effected By President's Proposed Budget

Posted: 11:40 PM, Mar 17, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-18 04:40:39Z

President Trump's proposed budget, which could end Meals on Wheels, is not expected to stop the program in Nashville.

Most of the meals in Music City will still be delivered by volunteers since the program is primarily funded through donations to programs like Fifty Forward. They provide more 18,000 meals to primarily low-income seniors five days a week.

"The only thing that concerns me, however, is that many people who receive Meals on Wheels from Fifty Forward upon hearing the news and the discontinuation of the Meals on Wheels through Block Grants is that that might impact the meals that they receive," said Janet Jernigan.

"It helps a lot as far as groceries; so I don't have to figure out what I'm going to do for lunch every day.  It's a big help," said Mary Taft.

Fifty Forward serves about 18,000 meals a year in the Middle Tennessee area through a partnership with Second Harvest and other organizations.

Some churches also deliver Meals on Wheels, but most of their funding is also through private donations.