Meals on Wheels Could Face Future Budget Cuts


President Trump has released his budget blueprint.

It includes cuts to many nationwide programs including some that impact seniors.

If you need Meals on Wheels, Renee Kipp, director of the Burleigh County senior adults program, is your woman.

The program provides home bound seniors across the country a chance to have food delivered right to their doorsteps.

The meals she and her staff deliver are often received with a smile.

“You know being I can’t drive I can’t get my food in like I should, so this way it comes right to the door and all I have to do is open the door,” Edna Wetzel, Meals on Wheels recipient, says.

Volunteers load up their cars with hot meals for the week and frozen ones for the weekend.

Every weekday a driver’s route serves 8-10 seniors.

Keith Cleveland is one of the many volunteers.

He delivers food to Crescent Manor, an independent living home in Burleigh County.

He says he’s simply paying it forward.
 “I have a handicapped wife already and someday we may need it so I just hope there are people here who will do it if I need it,” Keith Cleveland, Meals on Wheels driver says.

S President Trump’s recent Budget Blueprint for 2018 proposes to eliminate funding for programs like Meals on Wheels and other senior service programs nationwide.

But Kipp says funding for programs like Meals on Wheels is money well spent.

“It’s good business all around for us to provide these meals to seniors in our community,” Kipp says.

And it is money saved for a couple like Charlene and Nick Knoll.

” Meals on Wheels is wonderful because I don’t have to worry about one meal a day,” Charlene Knoll, Meals on Wheels recipient, says.

The Knolls started receiving meals in the fall. Nick has Parkinson’s so his wife Charlene says it can be hard to go out.

“Our government has a responsibility to help take care of the elderly and the infirm,” Charlene says.

But regardless of what happens at the federal level , Kipp says they plan to keep supporting seniors.

” We will find a way to continue to serve the people in our community we may have to cut back in other areas like activities or other programing but ultimately we will make sure that we continue to serve our homebound and other seniors with our nutrition program,” Kipp says.

The director says anyone can volunteer by signing up on their website at


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