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MARQUETTE TWP. - A lot of uncertainty surrounds a program that provides food for homebound senior citizens.
Community Action Alger-Marquette Senior Meals Programs serve close to 100,000 meals a year to seniors in the two counties. 25% of the funding for Meals on Wheels in Alger and Marquette counties comes from federal sources, which could be cut in the next federal budget.
Lori Stephens-Brown, Community Nutrition Services Director at CAAM says, "It's really pretty frightening to think that we could lose funding for Meals on Wheels. We have a lot of people who depend on our meals and the visits from the drivers every day. And they're people who really, truly need it."
In addition, Stephens-Brown says, the administrative costs to run the Community Action Agency are covered by federal grants which are at risk of being eliminated. These are the Community Development Block Grants that were removed from President Trump's first budget blueprint.
Meals on Wheels specific funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services, which was projected to be cut by 18% in the budget blueprint, but specific programs like Meals on Wheels have not been informed on where their funding stands. Stephens-Brown says she will be attending a webinar in the coming days where they will be given more information on where things stand.
To volunteer for the Community Action Agency or Meals on Wheels, you can contact the agency at the "Get Involved" tab on their website.