Brown, Spering square off on partisan politics of federal budget, Meals on Wheels

Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan, center, socializes at a shoe giveaway event at the Florence Douglas Senior Center in Vallejo, Jan. 25, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Josette Lacey)

FAIRFIELD — Solano County Supervisor Monica Brown made a not-so-subtle push for Californians to vote for Democrats for Congress at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting.

The topic was the potential loss of federal Meals on Wheels funding starting in 2019-20, and Supervisor Erin Hannigan’s urging for the board to send a letter to Congress to support the program and continue to fund it.

“I think what we need to do here as a board is to submit a letter that would highlight the benefits of Meals on Wheels in our communities, particularly to those who are not mobile and seniors, and to urge Congress to continue funding it and support it,” Hannigan said April 3.

The supervisor also urged volunteers to join the program. She indicated that there is a waiting list of local residents – at least 65 in Vallejo alone – who have signed up to receive meals.

Meals on Wheels is funded through the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program administered by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant program is being eliminated entirely by the Trump administration.

“The federal government has spent over $150 billion on this block grant since its inception in 1974, but the program is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results,” the draft federal budget states.

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