On Thursday, President Donald Trump unveiled his first “budget blueprint” — a rough outline of the national budget he plans to submit to Congress later this year — and the steep cuts to domestic programs could have a profound impact on local agencies.
The blueprint includes steep cuts in non-military spending, including the elimination of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs, which currently help fund programs like Meals on Wheels, which delivers home meals to senior citizens.
Locally, Meals on Wheels delivers almost 130,000 meals to nearly 500 senior citizens throughout the year, according to the Council on Aging of West Florida, which administers the program in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Many of those seniors are homebound and can’t care for themselves like they once could, officials said. Meals on Wheels provides seniors with much-needed nutrition, sustenance, and companionship, and offers an opportunity for social service agencies to check in with clients.