President Trump is justified in proposing to cut $3 billion from the budget's Community Development Block Grant program, which supports community-development and anti-poverty programs, including Meals on Wheels. As some of these programs have failed to produce results, it's acceptable to stop funding them, writes Eliza Relman in Business Insider, quoting White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. According to Mulvaney, donors' "hard-earned money" should go toward programs that deliver.
Contrary to White House claims that federally funded anti-poverty and elderly care programs such as 'Meals on Wheels' don't show any results, research suggests differently. According to Matthew Yglesias in Vox, multiple studies show that home-delivered meal programs improve homebound seniors' diet quality, nutrient intake and mental health. An additional benefit is that they allow seniors to continue living indepdentely in their own homes, reducing the need and expenses of nursing home care.