Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has formally introduced the Older Americans Act reauthorization bill, which affects senior nutrition programs like ours. It includes all of the key policy points that we have been advocating through NANASP. This includes maintaining separate funding streams for congregate and home delivered meals and limiting the authority of local government to transfer money out of nutrition to back-fill administrative positions.
Senator Sanders’ speech was spot-on and highlighted the critical need for senior nutrition programs. Here’s an excerpt:
Not only is it the right and moral thing to do to keep seniors in this country from going hungry, in the long run, we save money by keeping them healthy.
Listen to the full speech below.