From Meals on Wheels Newsletter dated 3/21/17
Meals on Wheels has been in the news lately, thanks to the complex puzzle that is the Federal budgeting process. Because this topic is so important, we want to share what we know, as well as our position. Please take a few minutes to read and learn.
WHAT WE KNOW: About Funding
- Meals on Wheels of Boulder does not accept Federal or State government funding. This is a choice we have made. We believe being a “people-funded” agency gives us greater flexibility, freedom and choice. Want to know more? Give us a call!
- Many of our sister Meals on Wheels agencies do rely on Federal funding.
- The proposed Federal budget does not appear to cut funding to the Older Americans Act or the Social Services Block Grant. Many Meals on Wheels programs rely on these funds for their day-to-day operating expenses.
- The current proposed Federal budget does cut Community Development Block Grants and Community Services Block Grants. Some Meals on Wheels programs use these funds for day-to-day operating expenses and some use them for one-time or capital projects.
- Even though we don’t accept Federal or State funding, many factors are at play. We face local budget cuts, increasing food costs, rising need for our services and reductions in grant funding. The ultimate funding scenario is unclear and we don’t yet know what unexpected or trickle-down outcomes might affect us. We realize this process will unfold over the coming months. Until then, we are in a “wait and see” position.
WHAT WE KNOW: Meals on Wheels Results
- We served 2000 individuals in Boulder last year. Nationally, Meals on Wheels organizations served 2.4 million people in 2016. These daily meals are often our clients’ main source of nutrition for the day.
- We can provide a YEAR of meals for the same cost as a DAY in the hospital or a WEEK in a nursing home.
- Home-delivered meals keep our clients safely at home, where they want to be.
- When our volunteers deliver a meal, they interact with our clients. Daily interaction with someone who cares helps reduce isolation and loneliness among the “invisible populations” we serve.
- A 2013 economic analysis showed if all states increased the number of adults receiving Meals on Wheels by just 1 percent, the states would save Medicaid more than $109 million per year. Most of these savings would come from reductions in nursing home care.
WHAT WE KNOW: The Need Here in Boulder
- We serve anyone in Boulder who needs and wants our services, regardless of age or income.
- 38% of our clients cannot afford even $1 for their daily nutritious meal.
- The need for our services here in Boulder will continue to grow. Since 1969, we have been a “people-funded” independent agency and we will continue meeting the need for nutrition, safety checks and friendly visits that only our services provide.
THANK YOU for Partnering With Us
The reality is that 1 in 6 seniors struggles with hunger, and 1 in 4 are isolated, living alone. Meals on Wheels of Boulder is the only local agency addressing this urgent need.
The combination of proper nutrition, a safety check and friendly visit offers the total package that enables our clients to remain healthier, independent and out of costly hospitals and nursing homes. Our home-delivered meals keep people safely at home, where they want to be.
Will you continue to partner with us by making an investment against hunger faced by older adults and others who are at-risk? Will you make an investment for better health, independence and dignity for your neighbors right here in Boulder? Are you ready to volunteer with us?
We welcome the chance to show you what we do! Please let us know if you can come by to learn more. For a 2 hour investment of time, you can join one of our volunteer drivers for meal deliveries and then have lunch with us at Cafe Classico. You will feel great about your partnership with us!
Director, Development & Marketing