Meals on Wheels serves an incredibly vulnerable population and is often the primary lifeline delivering so much more than just a meal, especially in uncertain times. Across the country, local programs continue to adapt to the evolving COVID-19 situation, taking precautions to protect these high-risk individuals, while still responding to surging demand for nutritious meals, basic living and social needs and other support services. With decades of experience supporting homebound and at-risk seniors, Meals on Wheels programs are pitching in wherever possible to support vaccination efforts and partnering with local health departments. This may include education and outreach around the COVID-19 vaccine, assistance with scheduling appointments, providing transportation to vaccination sites and more. To find your local Meals on Wheels program, click here. For more information on vaccines, visit vaccinefinder.org.
THE FIGHT FOR SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING
We are urging the Administration and Congress to ensure local senior nutrition programs are adequately resourced. It is critical that these community-based programs have access to supplemental federal funding and clear, timely emergency guidance.
Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander and National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) Executive Director Bob Blancato have released a number of joint statements regarding the federal response to the COVID-19 crisis, including most recently:
Since the onset of the pandemic, Congress has passed several COVID-19 relief packages that have delivered much-needed emergency funding senior nutrition programs nationwide. The funding provided in these packages has helped local Meals on Wheels programs try to address the sustained demand for services in their communities. As unmet need persists, we are advocating for increased federal funding for OAA nutrition programs in Fiscal Year 2022, as well as other necessary funding and resources to provide ongoing critical nutrition and social support to older Americans in need. Learn more here