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Marty Robertson heads to a home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio to make a delivery of a meal to a resident from the Chagrin Falls Meals on Wheels program on Wednesday,  March 14, 2012.  While Ohio's population growth has been nearly flat, the number of residents 65 and older has increased at a rate of nearly 8 percent, underscoring the growing need for senior services. Many Ohio counties are investing in in-home help, like Meals on Wheels,  aimed at enabling older residents to age in their own homes. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Meals on Wheels donations skyrocketed since Trump revealed his budget proposal


Days after President Trump's proposed budget was revealed, Meals on Wheels saw a huge spike in donations, NBC News reports.

Trump's budget, if passed unchanged, would have drastically reduced the budget for the program that delivers food to senior citizens who cannot purchase their own food.

Spokeswoman Jenny Bertolette told NBC News in a typical day, the organization gets about $1,000 in online donations. Over two days after Trump's budget was revealed, it made more than $100,000.

Meals on Wheels donations skyrocketed since Trump revealed his budget proposal

WATCH | Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney argued that reducing the program's funds would be the "most compassionate things we can do" since it would reduce the tax burden on lower-income families. 

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Reba Stafford does her MDHA community service in the kitchen of the Martha O' Bryan Center as she fills coolers with milks for Meals on Wheels in Nashville Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007. ( AP Photo/The Tennessean,Sanford Myers)

Meals on Wheels says it spends $1.43 billion a year on nutritional programs while saving the government $34 billion a year in Medicare and Medicaid costs. 

While the organization does not receive federal funds directly, it relies on community development block grants, a program that Trump's budget would eliminate, USA Today reports.

However, it also gets funding from the Administration for Community Living, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. That department faces a 16 percent budget cut in Trump's proposal. Meals on Wheels comprises thousands of local programs, and their sources of funding vary. 

Back in December, Meals on Wheels tweeted that it was running short on funds.

Last week, it dismissed Mulvaney's claim it wasn't meeting its goals.

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