Yingling Bill to Fund Senior Meals Program


GRAYSLAKE, Ill. – As funds for programs the state’s must vulnerable continue to be in jeopardy due to the budget gridlock, state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, is taking legislative action to ensure impoverished seniors continue to receive life-saving assistance through Illinois’ Meal on Wheels program.

“It is unacceptable that senior citizens in our area continue to suffer due to the failure of the legislative leaders in Springfield to work out a budget,” Yingling said. “Sadly, for many seniors in our area, the meals provided through Meals on Wheels may be the only food they have in an entire day, and we cannot allow this critical program to be held hostage.”

To help ensure that seniors will continue to receive the home-delivered meals that they rely on, Yingling co-sponsored House Bill 4382, which provides funding the Meals on Wheels programs throughout Illinois and meal programs at community dining centers throughout Lake County.
Meals on Wheels relies on hundreds of volunteers and other social service agencies like Catholic Charities to help distribute food to impoverished seniors throughout the state.

Many support services have not been funded, but continue to operate in absence of a budget deal. Such organizations will soon have to reduce the number of meals they deliver per week and other agencies risk complete closure. In addition to his continued work to pass legislation that helps vulnerable seniors, Yingling continues to meet with community stakeholders and hosts helpful events for seniors like Anti-Fraud Seminars with Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office.

“I will continue to advocate for a balanced budget that will take care of our seniors without relying on taxing hard-working families," Yingling said.

Yingling represents the 62nd District, which contains portions of Gages Lake, Grayslake, Gurnee, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Wauconda and Wildwood.