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ADVOCACY AGENDA

ADVOCACY AGENDA

    FIGHTING FOR THE NEEDS OF OLDER AMERICANS

    Meals on Wheels America is engaged in ongoing advocacy initiatives and activities aimed at helping local programs meet the needs of their communities. To that end, we work to build support on Capitol Hill and within the Administration to advance legislation and policies that strengthen home-delivered and group setting (congregate) programs, the volunteers who make them happen and the seniors they serve.

    Ultimately, we’re fighting to ensure that local communities are able to meet the needs of a growing number of older adults and provide the support that enables them to live more nourished lives with independence and dignity.

    KEY LEGISLATIVE ISSUES WE'RE FIGHTING FOR

    1. Increase federal funding for the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program, and other funding sources including federal block grants and home- and community-based services (HCBS).

    2. Advance policies that support community-based nutrition programs serving more older adults including a strong and coordinated implementation of the 2020 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, convening a White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger, and Health, and incentivizing leverage of the senior nutrition network in healthcare.

    3. Strengthen other federal anti-hunger programs that benefit older adults and their families, including the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

    4. Enhance charitable giving incentives and assistance for nonprofit organizations under the tax code.

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    As a Meals on Wheels America Member, you have a range of tools and resources available to you to help engage in and strengthen your own national, state and local advocacy activities.
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    SPEAK OUT WITH US

    There has never been a time when the need is more critical for us to tell Congress to protect and boost support to the nutrition programs that enable our senior neighbors to remain healthy and independent in their own homes. Contact your elected leaders today to share your Meals on Wheels story and encourage friends and family to do the same.
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    HOW WE’RE TAKING ACTION EVERY DAY

    We work each day to speak out for those whose voices can be buried in large debates in Washington. Here are some of the ways we’re advocating for our programs and the seniors they serve on Capitol Hill:

    • Testifying before Congress
    • Meeting with Members of Congress and their staffs
    • Initiating Congressional letters of support for funding and policies that support Meals on Wheels programs
    • Submitting written testimony to key Congressional Committees
    • Providing oral statements at Congressional staff briefings 
    • Sending letters to Members of Congress
    • Signing onto national coalition letters
    • Engaging Members of Congress through social media
    • Assisting Members of Congress with connections to local programs to visit and/or deliver meals
    • Undertaking research to help make the case for greater investment in nutritious meals for seniors and how our network is a part of the health care solution 
    • Responding and reaching out to national press and media outlets
    • Collaborating with national organizations and coalitions to strengthen our collective efforts and voice

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