MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Petition: Older Americans Month 2019

Strengthen Senior Nutrition Support in the OAA

Please join MAZON in urging our elected officials to increase funding for nutrition support programs in the Older Americans Act (OAA), because millions of American seniors struggle with hunger and millions more are aging into poverty.

This year, Congress will turn to renewing the Older Americans Act, which provides an opportunity to further strengthen services for seniors who face food insecurity. Over 40% of OAA funding goes directly towards senior nutrition, with 146 million home-delivered and 79 million congregate meals served each year to 2.4 million seniors.

However, 4.9 million seniors still wonder where their next meal will come from, and that number will only increase unless we take action now. With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day and the population of seniors set to double by 2060, there is an ever-growing challenge to strengthen the social safety net to protect our elders, which is why we must advocate for more funding for nutrition support programs in the Older Americans Act (OAA) reauthorization.

Dear Members of Congress,
I’m proud to join MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger in calling on you to increase funding for vital nutrition support programs in the Older Americans Act (OAA). Older Americans built our families, our communities, and our country. These same seniors increasingly are challenged by food insecurity.

The OAA plays a critical role in reducing food insecurity among seniors, helping participants lower the likelihood of hospitalization and being admitted to nursing homes, but it is woefully underfunded by over 16% when taking into account inflation and population growth. As we see 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day, we must adjust the funding for nutrition support in the OAA to meet current and future needs.

Too many seniors face the impossible choice of deciding between medicine or nutritious food. This should never be a choice we ask our seniors to make. And with increased funding for nutrition support programs in the OAA, seniors won’t have to endure the painful experience of hunger.

I hope I can count on you to stand up for older Americans by committing to strengthen and increase funding for nutrition support programs in the OAA, for the millions of American seniors who struggle with hunger.

With Appreciation,

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