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Congresswoman Lowey pushes to save Meals on Wheels

Lowey joined workers to deliver meals to highlight meal services that could be eliminated if President Trump's budget proposals are enacted

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A state lawmaker is pushing to save the ‘Meals on Wheels’ program, highlighting meal services that could be eliminated if congressional Republicans enact President Trump’s budget proposals.

Representative Nita Lowey joined workers to deliver meals across Rockland County and argues the budget plan would jeopardize 4,000 meals, services for more than 450 homebound seniors, and more than 500 seniors at activity centers.

“To cut Meals on Wheels for our seniors just doesn't make sense. In fact, it's cost effective,” said Representative Lowey. “One day in the hospital is almost as expensive as a whole year of Meals on Wheels for our seniors.”

“Without those meals, they will not have the daily nutritional meals that are necessary,” said Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard Phillips. “These are people on very low income that depend upon those hot meals for their survival.”

Lowey is set to return to Washington, D.C. tomorrow, where she will join others to fight to preserve federal funding for the ‘Meals on Wheels’ program.

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