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Meals on Wheels is reporting a $100,000 surge in donations following the release of Trump’s budget proposal

Non-profit organizations like Meals on Wheels rely on donations and grants to survive.

Each year, 2.4 million elderly and disabled people across America rely on Meals on Wheels for life-saving nutrition when they’re unable to shop and cook for themselves. On a typical day, the non-profit organization receives about $1,000 in unsolicited online donations, but that all changed after President Trump’s budget proposal last week threatened to cut federal funding for Meals on Wheels. Over a two-day period the public-private hybrid organization received $100,000 in unsolicited donations, showing the awesome power of helpful bystanders.

"One would assume that concerned individuals who see the value in Meals on Wheels want it [to continue] to serve seniors in need," Meals on Wheels spokesperson Jenny Bertolette told NBC News.

The budget proposal calls for the elimination of one program that Meals on Wheels relies on: a $3 billion community development block program within the Department of Housing and Urban Development, from which Meals on Wheels receives three percent of its overall funding. Since Meals on Wheels programs vary from state to state, the impact of the budget cuts will be different across each of the 5,0000 subsidiaries of the non-profit program, according to USA Today.

The White House has denied that Meals on Wheels will be impacted as much as the media is claiming.

"We can't spend money on programs just because they sound good and great," Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget said, according to NBC News. "Meals on Wheels sounds great. Again that's a state decision to fund that particular portion to it. To take the federal money and give it to the states and say, 'Look, we want to give you money for programs that don't work.' I can't defend that anymore."

Mulvaney further explained that over the course of four decades, approximately $150 billion in federal grant money has been spent on the community development block program, which — in his words —has “just not been showing any results.”

Several independent scientific studies, however, have shown that Meals on Wheels provides much more than food for those in need: A study in 2016 showed that home-delivered meals alleviate loneliness for elderly people who live alone, and a 2014 study proved that the overall health and food security of the meal recipients was improved.


Meals on Wheels sees 50x more donations, 500% more volunteers as Donald Trump proposes budget cuts

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In the 24 hours since the White House released a budget that could cut funding to programs like Meals on Wheels, the food delivery program for homebound seniors has received 50 times their usual donations and seen an almost 500% spike in volunteers, a spokesperson confirmed to Moneyish.

Meals on Wheels sends 218 million meals to more than 2.4 million Americans - more than half a million of them veterans - ages 60 and up each year. More than 200 million volunteers deliver the goods to recipients, many of whom live alone and rely on this for half the food they eat or more.

The Blueprint Budget for 2018 calls for reductions to two grants that Meals on Wheels relies on in some of its locations, and slashes funds from supporting services like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget and the Older Americans Act. The cuts are meant to reduce the nation’s $20 trillion debt and direct more money to defense spending.

Even though about only 3% of the Meals on Wheels operating budget comes from these federal grants, the charity is concerned that the new budget could cut even deeper than expected as more information emerges.

“The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details. So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced healthcare expenses,” said Meals on Wheels president and CEO Ellie Hollander in a statement.

Her concerns struck a chord with donors.

Meals on Wheels isn’t the only program enjoying a windfall of support since Trump took office.

In just the week after the November 2016 election, Planned Parenthood pulled in nearly 200,000 donations, or 40 times more than in a typical week. The uptick has continued as the Administration threatened to defund the organization for providing abortions among its health services. While the group won’t share specific numbers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and businesswoman Elaine Wynn, cofounder of Mirage Resorts and Wynn Resorts, have each publicly donated $1 million apiece.

The American Civil Liberties Union has collected nearly $80 million in online donations since the election, with a record $24 million haul in the two days following the Administration’s first travel ban in January. That’s six times what it typically raises over an entire year. Membership has also doubled to nearly 1.2 million since the election, and its Twitter followers have tripled.

And the Sierra Club confirmed to Moneyish that by the end of January, it had gained 42,000 monthly donors since Trump was elected.

Conservative groups have also enjoyed a boost in support, including the Californians for Population Stabilization, which supports limiting immigration. They received four times their usual donations after the November election. The Susan B. Anthony List anti-abortion group also reported a bump in support.

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In the 24 hours since the White House released a budget that could cut funding to programs like Meals on Wheels, the food delivery program for homebound seniors has received 50 times their usual donations and seen an almost 500% spike in volunteers, a spokesperson confirmed to Moneyish.

Meals on Wheels sends 218 million meals to more than 2.4 million Americans - more than half a million of them veterans - ages 60 and up each year. More than 200 million volunteers deliver the goods to recipients, many of whom live alone and rely on this for half the food they eat or more.

The Blueprint Budget for 2018 calls for reductions to two grants that Meals on Wheels relies on in some of its locations, and slashes funds from supporting services like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget and the Older Americans Act. The cuts are meant to reduce the nation’s $20 trillion debt and direct more money to defense spending.

Even though about only 3% of the Meals on Wheels operating budget comes from these federal grants, the charity is concerned that the new budget could cut even deeper than expected as more information emerges.

“The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details. So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced healthcare expenses,” said Meals on Wheels president and CEO Ellie Hollander in a statement.

Her concerns struck a chord with donors.

Meals on Wheels isn’t the only program enjoying a windfall of support since Trump took office.

In just the week after the November 2016 election, Planned Parenthood pulled in nearly 200,000 donations, or 40 times more than in a typical week. The uptick has continued as the Administration threatened to defund the organization for providing abortions among its health services. While the group won’t share specific numbers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and businesswoman Elaine Wynn, cofounder of Mirage Resorts and Wynn Resorts, have each publicly donated $1 million apiece.

The American Civil Liberties Union has collected nearly $80 million in online donations since the election, with a record $24 million haul in the two days following the Administration’s first travel ban in January. That’s six times what it typically raises over an entire year. Membership has also doubled to nearly 1.2 million since the election, and its Twitter followers have tripled.

And the Sierra Club confirmed to Moneyish that by the end of January, it had gained 42,000 monthly donors since Trump was elected.

Conservative groups have also enjoyed a boost in support, including the Californians for Population Stabilization, which supports limiting immigration. They received four times their usual donations after the November election. The Susan B. Anthony List anti-abortion group also reported a bump in support.

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In the 24 hours since the White House released a budget that could cut funding to programs like Meals on Wheels, the food delivery program for homebound seniors has received 50 times their usual donations and seen an almost 500% spike in volunteers, a spokesperson confirmed to Moneyish.

Meals on Wheels sends 218 million meals to more than 2.4 million Americans - more than half a million of them veterans - ages 60 and up each year. More than 200 million volunteers deliver the goods to recipients, many of whom live alone and rely on this for half the food they eat or more.

The Blueprint Budget for 2018 calls for reductions to two grants that Meals on Wheels relies on in some of its locations, and slashes funds from supporting services like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget and the Older Americans Act. The cuts are meant to reduce the nation’s $20 trillion debt and direct more money to defense spending.

Even though about only 3% of the Meals on Wheels operating budget comes from these federal grants, the charity is concerned that the new budget could cut even deeper than expected as more information emerges.

“The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details. So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced healthcare expenses,” said Meals on Wheels president and CEO Ellie Hollander in a statement.

Her concerns struck a chord with donors.

Meals on Wheels isn’t the only program enjoying a windfall of support since Trump took office.

In just the week after the November 2016 election, Planned Parenthood pulled in nearly 200,000 donations, or 40 times more than in a typical week. The uptick has continued as the Administration threatened to defund the organization for providing abortions among its health services. While the group won’t share specific numbers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and businesswoman Elaine Wynn, cofounder of Mirage Resorts and Wynn Resorts, have each publicly donated $1 million apiece.

The American Civil Liberties Union has collected nearly $80 million in online donations since the election, with a record $24 million haul in the two days following the Administration’s first travel ban in January. That’s six times what it typically raises over an entire year. Membership has also doubled to nearly 1.2 million since the election, and its Twitter followers have tripled.

And the Sierra Club confirmed to Moneyish that by the end of January, it had gained 42,000 monthly donors since Trump was elected.

Conservative groups have also enjoyed a boost in support, including the Californians for Population Stabilization, which supports limiting immigration. They received four times their usual donations after the November election. The Susan B. Anthony List anti-abortion group also reported a bump in support.

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In the 24 hours since the White House released a budget that could cut funding to programs like Meals on Wheels, the food delivery program for homebound seniors has received 50 times their usual donations and seen an almost 500% spike in volunteers, a spokesperson confirmed to Moneyish.

Meals on Wheels sends 218 million meals to more than 2.4 million Americans - more than half a million of them veterans - ages 60 and up each year. More than 200 million volunteers deliver the goods to recipients, many of whom live alone and rely on this for half the food they eat or more.

The Blueprint Budget for 2018 calls for reductions to two grants that Meals on Wheels relies on in some of its locations, and slashes funds from supporting services like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget and the Older Americans Act. The cuts are meant to reduce the nation’s $20 trillion debt and direct more money to defense spending.

Even though about only 3% of the Meals on Wheels operating budget comes from these federal grants, the charity is concerned that the new budget could cut even deeper than expected as more information emerges.

“The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details. So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced healthcare expenses,” said Meals on Wheels president and CEO Ellie Hollander in a statement.

Her concerns struck a chord with donors.

Meals on Wheels isn’t the only program enjoying a windfall of support since Trump took office.

In just the week after the November 2016 election, Planned Parenthood pulled in nearly 200,000 donations, or 40 times more than in a typical week. The uptick has continued as the Administration threatened to defund the organization for providing abortions among its health services. While the group won’t share specific numbers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and businesswoman Elaine Wynn, cofounder of Mirage Resorts and Wynn Resorts, have each publicly donated $1 million apiece.

The American Civil Liberties Union has collected nearly $80 million in online donations since the election, with a record $24 million haul in the two days following the Administration’s first travel ban in January. That’s six times what it typically raises over an entire year. Membership has also doubled to nearly 1.2 million since the election, and its Twitter followers have tripled.

And the Sierra Club confirmed to Moneyish that by the end of January, it had gained 42,000 monthly donors since Trump was elected.

Conservative groups have also enjoyed a boost in support, including the Californians for Population Stabilization, which supports limiting immigration. They received four times their usual donations after the November election. The Susan B. Anthony List anti-abortion group also reported a bump in support.

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In the 24 hours since the White House released a budget that could cut funding to programs like Meals on Wheels, the food delivery program for homebound seniors has received 50 times their usual donations and seen an almost 500% spike in volunteers, a spokesperson confirmed to Moneyish.

Meals on Wheels sends 218 million meals to more than 2.4 million Americans - more than half a million of them veterans - ages 60 and up each year. More than 200 million volunteers deliver the goods to recipients, many of whom live alone and rely on this for half the food they eat or more.

The Blueprint Budget for 2018 calls for reductions to two grants that Meals on Wheels relies on in some of its locations, and slashes funds from supporting services like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget and the Older Americans Act. The cuts are meant to reduce the nation’s $20 trillion debt and direct more money to defense spending.

Even though about only 3% of the Meals on Wheels operating budget comes from these federal grants, the charity is concerned that the new budget could cut even deeper than expected as more information emerges.

“The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details. So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced healthcare expenses,” said Meals on Wheels president and CEO Ellie Hollander in a statement.

Her concerns struck a chord with donors.

Meals on Wheels isn’t the only program enjoying a windfall of support since Trump took office.

In just the week after the November 2016 election, Planned Parenthood pulled in nearly 200,000 donations, or 40 times more than in a typical week. The uptick has continued as the Administration threatened to defund the organization for providing abortions among its health services. While the group won’t share specific numbers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and businesswoman Elaine Wynn, cofounder of Mirage Resorts and Wynn Resorts, have each publicly donated $1 million apiece.

The American Civil Liberties Union has collected nearly $80 million in online donations since the election, with a record $24 million haul in the two days following the Administration’s first travel ban in January. That’s six times what it typically raises over an entire year. Membership has also doubled to nearly 1.2 million since the election, and its Twitter followers have tripled.

And the Sierra Club confirmed to Moneyish that by the end of January, it had gained 42,000 monthly donors since Trump was elected.

Conservative groups have also enjoyed a boost in support, including the Californians for Population Stabilization, which supports limiting immigration. They received four times their usual donations after the November election. The Susan B. Anthony List anti-abortion group also reported a bump in support.

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In the 24 hours since the White House released a budget that could cut funding to programs like Meals on Wheels, the food delivery program for homebound seniors has received 50 times their usual donations and seen an almost 500% spike in volunteers, a spokesperson confirmed to Moneyish.

Meals on Wheels sends 218 million meals to more than 2.4 million Americans - more than half a million of them veterans - ages 60 and up each year. More than 200 million volunteers deliver the goods to recipients, many of whom live alone and rely on this for half the food they eat or more.

The Blueprint Budget for 2018 calls for reductions to two grants that Meals on Wheels relies on in some of its locations, and slashes funds from supporting services like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget and the Older Americans Act. The cuts are meant to reduce the nation’s $20 trillion debt and direct more money to defense spending.

Even though about only 3% of the Meals on Wheels operating budget comes from these federal grants, the charity is concerned that the new budget could cut even deeper than expected as more information emerges.

“The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details. So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced healthcare expenses,” said Meals on Wheels president and CEO Ellie Hollander in a statement.

Her concerns struck a chord with donors.

Meals on Wheels isn’t the only program enjoying a windfall of support since Trump took office.

In just the week after the November 2016 election, Planned Parenthood pulled in nearly 200,000 donations, or 40 times more than in a typical week. The uptick has continued as the Administration threatened to defund the organization for providing abortions among its health services. While the group won’t share specific numbers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and businesswoman Elaine Wynn, cofounder of Mirage Resorts and Wynn Resorts, have each publicly donated $1 million apiece.

The American Civil Liberties Union has collected nearly $80 million in online donations since the election, with a record $24 million haul in the two days following the Administration’s first travel ban in January. That’s six times what it typically raises over an entire year. Membership has also doubled to nearly 1.2 million since the election, and its Twitter followers have tripled.

And the Sierra Club confirmed to Moneyish that by the end of January, it had gained 42,000 monthly donors since Trump was elected.

Conservative groups have also enjoyed a boost in support, including the Californians for Population Stabilization, which supports limiting immigration. They received four times their usual donations after the November election. The Susan B. Anthony List anti-abortion group also reported a bump in support.

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In the 24 hours since the White House released a budget that could cut funding to programs like Meals on Wheels, the food delivery program for homebound seniors has received 50 times their usual donations and seen an almost 500% spike in volunteers, a spokesperson confirmed to Moneyish.

Meals on Wheels sends 218 million meals to more than 2.4 million Americans - more than half a million of them veterans - ages 60 and up each year. More than 200 million volunteers deliver the goods to recipients, many of whom live alone and rely on this for half the food they eat or more.

The Blueprint Budget for 2018 calls for reductions to two grants that Meals on Wheels relies on in some of its locations, and slashes funds from supporting services like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget and the Older Americans Act. The cuts are meant to reduce the nation’s $20 trillion debt and direct more money to defense spending.

Even though about only 3% of the Meals on Wheels operating budget comes from these federal grants, the charity is concerned that the new budget could cut even deeper than expected as more information emerges.

“The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details. So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced healthcare expenses,” said Meals on Wheels president and CEO Ellie Hollander in a statement.

Her concerns struck a chord with donors.

Meals on Wheels isn’t the only program enjoying a windfall of support since Trump took office.

In just the week after the November 2016 election, Planned Parenthood pulled in nearly 200,000 donations, or 40 times more than in a typical week. The uptick has continued as the Administration threatened to defund the organization for providing abortions among its health services. While the group won’t share specific numbers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and businesswoman Elaine Wynn, cofounder of Mirage Resorts and Wynn Resorts, have each publicly donated $1 million apiece.

The American Civil Liberties Union has collected nearly $80 million in online donations since the election, with a record $24 million haul in the two days following the Administration’s first travel ban in January. That’s six times what it typically raises over an entire year. Membership has also doubled to nearly 1.2 million since the election, and its Twitter followers have tripled.

And the Sierra Club confirmed to Moneyish that by the end of January, it had gained 42,000 monthly donors since Trump was elected.

Conservative groups have also enjoyed a boost in support, including the Californians for Population Stabilization, which supports limiting immigration. They received four times their usual donations after the November election. The Susan B. Anthony List anti-abortion group also reported a bump in support.

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In the 24 hours since the White House released a budget that could cut funding to programs like Meals on Wheels, the food delivery program for homebound seniors has received 50 times their usual donations and seen an almost 500% spike in volunteers, a spokesperson confirmed to Moneyish.

Meals on Wheels sends 218 million meals to more than 2.4 million Americans - more than half a million of them veterans - ages 60 and up each year. More than 200 million volunteers deliver the goods to recipients, many of whom live alone and rely on this for half the food they eat or more.

The Blueprint Budget for 2018 calls for reductions to two grants that Meals on Wheels relies on in some of its locations, and slashes funds from supporting services like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget and the Older Americans Act. The cuts are meant to reduce the nation’s $20 trillion debt and direct more money to defense spending.

Even though about only 3% of the Meals on Wheels operating budget comes from these federal grants, the charity is concerned that the new budget could cut even deeper than expected as more information emerges.

“The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details. So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced healthcare expenses,” said Meals on Wheels president and CEO Ellie Hollander in a statement.

Her concerns struck a chord with donors.

Meals on Wheels isn’t the only program enjoying a windfall of support since Trump took office.

In just the week after the November 2016 election, Planned Parenthood pulled in nearly 200,000 donations, or 40 times more than in a typical week. The uptick has continued as the Administration threatened to defund the organization for providing abortions among its health services. While the group won’t share specific numbers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and businesswoman Elaine Wynn, cofounder of Mirage Resorts and Wynn Resorts, have each publicly donated $1 million apiece.

The American Civil Liberties Union has collected nearly $80 million in online donations since the election, with a record $24 million haul in the two days following the Administration’s first travel ban in January. That’s six times what it typically raises over an entire year. Membership has also doubled to nearly 1.2 million since the election, and its Twitter followers have tripled.

And the Sierra Club confirmed to Moneyish that by the end of January, it had gained 42,000 monthly donors since Trump was elected.

Conservative groups have also enjoyed a boost in support, including the Californians for Population Stabilization, which supports limiting immigration. They received four times their usual donations after the November election. The Susan B. Anthony List anti-abortion group also reported a bump in support.

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In the 24 hours since the White House released a budget that could cut funding to programs like Meals on Wheels, the food delivery program for homebound seniors has received 50 times their usual donations and seen an almost 500% spike in volunteers, a spokesperson confirmed to Moneyish.

Meals on Wheels sends 218 million meals to more than 2.4 million Americans - more than half a million of them veterans - ages 60 and up each year. More than 200 million volunteers deliver the goods to recipients, many of whom live alone and rely on this for half the food they eat or more.

The Blueprint Budget for 2018 calls for reductions to two grants that Meals on Wheels relies on in some of its locations, and slashes funds from supporting services like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget and the Older Americans Act. The cuts are meant to reduce the nation’s $20 trillion debt and direct more money to defense spending.

Even though about only 3% of the Meals on Wheels operating budget comes from these federal grants, the charity is concerned that the new budget could cut even deeper than expected as more information emerges.

“The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details. So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced healthcare expenses,” said Meals on Wheels president and CEO Ellie Hollander in a statement.

Her concerns struck a chord with donors.

Meals on Wheels isn’t the only program enjoying a windfall of support since Trump took office.

In just the week after the November 2016 election, Planned Parenthood pulled in nearly 200,000 donations, or 40 times more than in a typical week. The uptick has continued as the Administration threatened to defund the organization for providing abortions among its health services. While the group won’t share specific numbers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and businesswoman Elaine Wynn, cofounder of Mirage Resorts and Wynn Resorts, have each publicly donated $1 million apiece.

The American Civil Liberties Union has collected nearly $80 million in online donations since the election, with a record $24 million haul in the two days following the Administration’s first travel ban in January. That’s six times what it typically raises over an entire year. Membership has also doubled to nearly 1.2 million since the election, and its Twitter followers have tripled.

And the Sierra Club confirmed to Moneyish that by the end of January, it had gained 42,000 monthly donors since Trump was elected.

Conservative groups have also enjoyed a boost in support, including the Californians for Population Stabilization, which supports limiting immigration. They received four times their usual donations after the November election. The Susan B. Anthony List anti-abortion group also reported a bump in support.

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In the 24 hours since the White House released a budget that could cut funding to programs like Meals on Wheels, the food delivery program for homebound seniors has received 50 times their usual donations and seen an almost 500% spike in volunteers, a spokesperson confirmed to Moneyish.

Meals on Wheels sends 218 million meals to more than 2.4 million Americans - more than half a million of them veterans - ages 60 and up each year. More than 200 million volunteers deliver the goods to recipients, many of whom live alone and rely on this for half the food they eat or more.

The Blueprint Budget for 2018 calls for reductions to two grants that Meals on Wheels relies on in some of its locations, and slashes funds from supporting services like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget and the Older Americans Act. The cuts are meant to reduce the nation’s $20 trillion debt and direct more money to defense spending.

Even though about only 3% of the Meals on Wheels operating budget comes from these federal grants, the charity is concerned that the new budget could cut even deeper than expected as more information emerges.

“The problem with a skinny budget is it is lean on details. So, while we don’t know the exact impact yet, cuts of any kind to these highly successful and leveraged programs would be a devastating blow to our ability to provide much-needed care for millions of vulnerable seniors in America, which in turn saves billions of dollars in reduced healthcare expenses,” said Meals on Wheels president and CEO Ellie Hollander in a statement.

Her concerns struck a chord with donors.

Meals on Wheels isn’t the only program enjoying a windfall of support since Trump took office.

In just the week after the November 2016 election, Planned Parenthood pulled in nearly 200,000 donations, or 40 times more than in a typical week. The uptick has continued as the Administration threatened to defund the organization for providing abortions among its health services. While the group won’t share specific numbers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and businesswoman Elaine Wynn, cofounder of Mirage Resorts and Wynn Resorts, have each publicly donated $1 million apiece.

The American Civil Liberties Union has collected nearly $80 million in online donations since the election, with a record $24 million haul in the two days following the Administration’s first travel ban in January. That’s six times what it typically raises over an entire year. Membership has also doubled to nearly 1.2 million since the election, and its Twitter followers have tripled.

And the Sierra Club confirmed to Moneyish that by the end of January, it had gained 42,000 monthly donors since Trump was elected.

Conservative groups have also enjoyed a boost in support, including the Californians for Population Stabilization, which supports limiting immigration. They received four times their usual donations after the November election. The Susan B. Anthony List anti-abortion group also reported a bump in support.

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