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Apr 04, 2023

Arlington, VA – April 4, 2023 – Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander today issued the following statement in response to S. 1036, the Senior Hunger Prevention Act, as introduced by Senate Committee on Aging Chairman Bob Casey (D-PA) and co-led by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and John Fetterman (D-PA):  

Meals on Wheels America proudly endorses the Senior Hunger Prevention Act and commends members of the Senate Committee on Aging for introducing this comprehensive legislation to address the growing problem of senior hunger in America. In particular, we thank Chairman Casey for his steadfast leadership and Senators Gillibrand (D-NY) and Fetterman (D-PA) for their ongoing commitment and for co-authoring this critical, first-of-its-kind bill. We also recognize Senators Blumenthal (D-CT), Kelly (D-AZ) and Warren (D-MA) for their support in cosponsoring this legislation and look forward to encouraging more Senators to do the same in the weeks ahead.

The Senior Hunger Prevention Act acknowledges that implementing policies that strengthen and secure nutrition access for older adults is essential. Millions of seniors nationwide struggle with hunger, while facing higher risk of malnutrition due to the decreased appetite, mobility issues, and other hardships that can naturally occur with aging. For example, older adults have historically had lower-than-average participation rates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), our nation’s largest anti-hunger program, with only about 40% of eligible older adults participating. Low participation rates are most often attributed to physical mobility challenges, technology and transportation barriers, stigma, and misperceptions about eligibility and/or benefit levels.

The Senior Hunger Prevention Act would address these barriers head on and put commonsense solutions in place for SNAP, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and other federal nutrition programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If enacted, this legislation would increase SNAP and Senior Farmers’ Nutrition Program benefits, simplify the application processes and extend certification periods for multiple nutrition programs, improve benefits coordination and outreach, and enhance access, particularly for those who are homebound and in the greatest need.

We must ensure that our nation’s seniors can effectively access the federal nutrition safety net that exists to support their overall health and wellbeing. We look forward to working with Congress to adopt this vital legislation so no senior in America goes hungry. 

Read more about the Senior Hunger Prevention Act here


Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network serves virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. Through funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit


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Jenny Young
Meals on Wheels America