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Senior Program target of cuts in President Trump's budget proposal.

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With talk of domestic spending cuts at the federal level the wheels may be coming loose on the local meals on wheels program for seniors and shut-ins.

Last year the Neighborhood House Meals on Wheels program cooked and delivered more than 1100 meals to seniors like Jackie Collins in Central Illinois.  

"it's very important to me that I can get a hot meal,  Sometimes I don't eat breakfast.  A lot of times I'm waiting on this meal to come.  I know what time it comes and that's good you know," Collins said. 

17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos helped delivered meals to Collins and others on Monday.  Bustos says she's opposed to President Trump's funding cuts to Health and Human Services Programs, which covers Meals on Wheels.

"It's harmful, it's in my opinion unconsciensable, let's make reasonable decisions about these budgets rather than these indiscriminate heartless cuts" Bustos said.

The agency recently found out it's getting $130,000. from the state of Illinois.
"the Neighborhood House funding allocation will allow it to boost some deliveries back up to 5 days.

"Bartonville is one of our areas that has been about for 2 or 3 years now, they're been on a three day delivery and they're gonna go to a full five day just because they're through a rural delivery program," said Neighborhood House Wheels on Meals Director Sarah Miller. 

Miller says now with the state grant they will be able to deliver meals to about 60 more seniors.   The money is only supposed to last about 6 months.   If federal dollars are cut the agency could find itself once again preparing another contingency plan. 

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