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Aug 16, 2023

Three-day gathering designed to align the network around what it will take to meet the growing and evolving needs of older Americans

Phoenix, AZ, August 16, 2023 – Meals on Wheels America, the national leadership association dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation, today kicks off its 2023 Meals on Wheels Annual Conference and Expo for nearly 700 attendees consisting of senior nutrition leaders, industry experts, sponsors and exhibitors from across the country.

“It is critical that the Meals on Wheels network has an annual Meeting of the Minds to tackle our most pressing challenges – from increasing demand, lack of funding, rising food and operational costs, difficulty recruiting and retaining staff and volunteers, and more. We are rich with diverse perspectives and bright ideas, and I am confident that together we can chart a wise path forward,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America.

Since 1974, Meals on Wheels America has hosted an annual convening of experts and leaders from local senior nutrition programs for hyper-relevant and immersive learning, inspiring keynotes and conversations, and stimulating networking designed to connect, align and reinvigorate the network. The 2023 event is taking place at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Phoenix, AZ, and will focus on:

  • Reaching unserved older adults by expanding capacity and optimizing resources.
  • Further integrating nutrition and health to meet the evolving and complex needs of older adults.
  • Collaborating at all levels to expand impact and influence, fortify our public-private partnership and explore innovative partnerships that will carry Meals on Wheels into the future.

This year’s Title Sponsor for the fifth consecutive year, TRIO Community Meals, is one of the generous organizations to help make this year’s Conference possible.

"TRIO has proudly had the opportunity to be part of this valuable event and community since 1992. It is an honor for us to be able to support the critical mission of caring for our nation’s seniors. It is wonderful to collaborate with servant leaders nationwide,” said Lisa Damore, TRIO Community Meals, Managing Director of Growth.

This year’s Platinum Sponsors include AARP Foundation, Caesars Foundation, Home Instead, Oliver, PetSmart Charities, Subaru of America, and The Home Depot Foundation. To learn more about the Meals on Wheels Annual Conference and Expo, visit

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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 isolation and hunger. Powered by a dedicated volunteer workforce, this network delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time.