Esty stresses need for Meals on Wheels during Meriden visit

Esty stresses need for Meals on Wheels during Meriden visit


MERIDEN — Calling attention to proposed federal budget cuts, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty helped deliver meals Wednesday to elderly Meriden residents.

Esty, a Democrat representing Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, joined Meals on Wheels regional team leader Ron Perry in delivering meals to about 10 residents of Hanover Towers. Meals on Wheels representatives deliver close to 30 meals to city residents daily.

“We met a lot of great people, heard a little bit about their life stories,” Esty said of the experience.

Funding for Meals on Wheels could be cut as part of President Donald Trump’s $1.15 trillion budget proposal. Democratic and Republican lawmakers have said they hope to keep the program, which serves nearly a million meals a day to the elderly through more than 5,000 local programs nationwide.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has said the government “can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good — and great.”

Esty said she has delivered meals through the program eight times.

“It’s so important that we, as a society, help take care of each other and help support folks who are seniors and disabled who really rely on these programs to provide that healthy meal and that warm friendly interaction every day,” she said.

Perry was helping Esty deliver meals Wednesday and said volunteers like her inspire him.

Perry said it would be a mistake to cut funding to the program because residents depend on the organization.

“Without us, they would be in jeopardy health-wise,” Perry said.

“It’s important to support these programs,” Esty said. “These are our friends and neighbors, they help build our community. We owe it to them to make sure they are taken care of.”
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