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Linda Preast voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential elections, so when he went on to win and become the president, she should have been happy.

And at first she was.

Preast, who used a wheelchair, had a stroke two years ago and has since been relying on the Meals on Wheels program, which provides food to millions of people with disabilities and the elderly.

However one of the first services that Donald Trump will be cutting for are those that help the elderly. In fact White House Director of Budget Mick Mulvaney told reporters that, though Meals on Wheels “sounds great”:

We can't spend money on programs just because they sound good and great.

The 43-year-old program receives one third of its budget from federal funding, and any such cuts will be a heavy blow.

Preast was “surprised” when she learned that Meals on Wheels might be subject to Trump’s cuts, and told CBS News :

I was under the influence that he was going to help us.

Following the White House’s intention to cut the program, Meals on Wheels received more than $100,000 (£80,211) in donations over a two-day period.

Despite this small spike, the future of the program remains grim.

HT CBS News

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