Linda Preast depends on Meals on Wheels to eat. She voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, and is now apparently regretting that decision.
According to CBS News, Preast, who lives in Jones County, Georgia, has been wheelchair-bound ever since a stroke she suffered two years ago at the age of 54. Since she can no longer ask or drive herself to the supermarket, let alone cook her own meals, she would likely starve without Meals on Wheels.
“I was under the influence that he was going to help us,” Preast told CBS when asked if she was surprised by the recent decision by the Trump administration to propose eliminating the federal funding that makes up a significant chunk of Meals on Wheels’ budget.
“What if it was your mama?” She said, when asked what she would say to President Trump.
One of the many cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget outline was the elimination of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant. That program, which has a $3 billion budget, makes local grants available for organizations like Meals on Wheels.
While Meals on Wheels gets funding from additional government sources and from private donations, the program would likely be unable to serve a large portion of the roughly 2.4 million seniors who depend on it for sustenance.
Mick Mulvaney, the director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, defended the cuts to Meals on Wheels in a press conference on Thursday, saying that the program had failed to show “results” and that cutting the program was the “compassionate” thing to do for U.S. taxpayers.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.