It's even possible that Meals on Wheels fits those criteria and the money would be better spent on something else.
On the other hand, the Human Services Association in Bell Gardens also administers Meals on Wheels and other services to seniors in Long Beach and neighboring cities in southeast Los Angeles County. Federal funding is at risk.
Martha "Marty" Jameson, of Lancaster, has been getting the meals for about 10 years and said she hadn't heard about the proposed cuts.
"You can raise taxes or you can increase the deficit or you can get the funding from other programs that may be less critical (than national security) to the federal government's functions", Flores said. As meals on wheels trends online for a second day straight, surely thousands of well-meaning people will find ways to contribute to their local chapter in the coming days. "We can't spend money on programs just because they sound good".
Other directors of IL meals-on-wheels programs said they feared the worst - from reductions in meal services to layoffs for already thin program staff to unfair and irresponsible treatment of seniors.
But Trump's proposal - known as the "skinny budget" because it's the first, vague outline of a more formal submission to come - is largely silent about the program that provides the vast majority of federal funding for senior services.
Meals on Wheels, the national organization that serves senior citizens across the country, has seen a surge in online donations after a budget blueprint released by the Trump administration suggested eliminating a $3 billion Community Development and Block Grant Program.
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The president is proposing a almost $6 billion budget cut to Health and Human Services that would impact operations at Wesley Life Meals on Wheels.
She said while the cuts to Meals on Wheels will not directly affect the local agency, it would be affected by any proposed cuts to community development block grants that do provide it with some funding.
The Osceola Council on Aging Meals on Wheels program raised more than $20,000 at its annual March for Meals 5K Saturday.
She said the agency works with the Office of Elderly Affairs which gets meals to residents at senior centers and their homes.
The White House referred questions about the HHS budget to the department.
If Donald Trump really wants to take a bite out of the federal government (so he can feed more dough to big defense contractors), you would have thought he could have found a better place to make his stand than with the popular Meals on Wheels program. Its founders wanted to avoid a financial roller coaster in which its funding levels may shift drastically with the changes of presidential administrations every four or eight years. "Help us defend these vital services today", the ad reads.
"I hope that we don't ever have to break them that news", said Fiore, who added that, for now, he and his staff are unsure of what to expect.
It appears that the idea would be that the state would have some extra funds to do with what they wish, and they would be able to use it for Meals on Wheels or other charitable organizations.