HHS Announces Grants to Provide Meals for Older Adults

HHS Announces Grants to Provide Meals for Older Adults
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing $250 million
in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities
provide meals for older adults.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on
March 18, 2020, provided the additional funding for the nutrition services programs
authorized by the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965. These programs provide meals to
more than 2.4 million older adults each year, both through home delivery and in places
like community centers. The need for these services, particularly home-delivered and
packaged meals, has increased as community measures to slow transmission of COVID-19
have closed meal sites and have left many family caregivers unable to assist their older
loved ones.

“The Trump Administration recognizes that the measures needed to protect older
Americans from the serious threat of COVID-19 have been disruptive for many of our
most vulnerable,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Getting more funds to community
organizations that deliver meals to older adults, such as Meals on Wheels, is another
example of the Trump Administration’s whole-of-government, whole-of-America
approach to combating the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In addition to meals, Older Americans Act programs provide a wide range of services,
such as help with bathing and dressing, rides to doctors’ offices, education on managing
chronic illnesses, support for family caregivers, and much more. Provided by a network of
community-based organizations, such as Area Agencies on Aging, local community and
senior centers, faith-based organizations, and other non-profit service providers, these
programs work together to help millions of older adults each year stay healthy and
continue living independently.

“The network of community-based organizations that provide Older Americans Act
services has an exceptional capacity to coordinate services, bring together service
providers, and adapt to overcome challenges, and they are employing innovative solutions
to continue meal services,” said ACL Administrator Lance Robertson. “This additional
funding will help communities across the country provide older adults, especially those at
greatest risk, with the healthy meals they need.”

Funding will be provided to states, territories and tribes this week for subsequent
allocation to local meal providers.
Older adults who need assistance can contact the Eldercare Locator to find services
available in their community.

The Eldercare Locator can be reached at 1-800-677-1116 or
https://eldercare.acl.gov/.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit CDC’s website:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. For more information about the
Older Americans Act nutrition programs, please visit ACL.gov.

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