April 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Delivers Meals with Meals on Wheels

Las Vegas, NV – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s facilities in Las Vegas and delivered meals to seniors with Catholic Charities’ Meals on Wheels program. The tour and deliveries highlighted Catholic Charities and Meals on Wheels’ essential contributions to our community and the need to protect their federal funding from the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts.

“Today, I saw for myself the integral role Catholic Charities and the Meals on Wheels program plays in ensuring our community’s most vulnerable do not go hungry,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “More than 2,900 seniors in Southern Nevada rely on Catholic Charities’ Meals on Wheels program, and Nevada is among the top 10 states with the highest rates of risk for hunger among seniors. Unfortunately, the White House’s budget proposal would cut funding for essential programs like Meals on Wheels. These morally bankrupt cuts would deprive countless seniors and low-income families of food and basic resources. I will continue to protect important programs like these so that the most vulnerable among us do not suffer from hunger.”

Through a network of 5,000 organizations, Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of seniors in communities across the country. President Trump’s budget eliminates funding for the CDGB program, which funds Meals on Wheels programs in several states. His budget proposal also reduces funding by 17.9 percent for the Health and Human Services Department, which includes the Older Americans Act funding for aging programs, which also funds many states' Meals on Wheels programs.