hunger continues to grow as funding for senior hunger programs
continues to be cut. Ohio was ranked 1st in the Midwest and 12th
nationwide for food insecurity for seniors. Funding has not kept pace
with the growth in number of seniors in need.
Take Action Today to Fight Senior Hunger!
Association of Area Agencies on Aging, AARP Ohio, Ohio Association of
Foodbanks, Ohio Association of Senior Centers and Meals on Wheels
Association of Ohio are joining together to send a strong message
supporting senior nutrition programs.
Help us by calling your
state senators Thursday June 11, 2015 and tell them that you support more
funding for the Senior Community Services block grant (GRF Line 490411).
This additional state funding would help serve more hungry Ohio seniors
1. Take Action Today!
Join the movement to fight senior hunger by taking a few minutes to contact the following Senators:
If you have a few more minutes, help us reach more key Senators by contacting at least two of the four Senators below:
What To Say When You Call
my name is __________ from [your city/county], and I believe that no
senior should go hungry. Please invest in senior nutrition programs by
gradually increasing the Senior Community Services block grant by $2
million in 2016 and $4 million in 2017 in the budget bill. Funding for
senior programs has been cut in recent years. A small increase in
state funding for senior meals can save the state money in health care
costs. It costs far less to provide meals to seniors ($1800 for a
year’s worth) than it does for a day in the hospital or a week in a
nursing home. Please support seniors by increasing funding for senior
nutrition programs. Thank you."
2. Log Your Call
here to log your call or email so we can track how many calls and emails
Senators received in support of a funding increase for programs that
help fight senior hunger. Logging your call also helps us share your
advocacy work with the media, lawmakers and other supporters.
Why Your Action Today Matters
nutrition programs, such as Meals on Wheels, make nutritious prepared
meals available to seniors who are homebound or otherwise cannot prepare
or cook their own meals. Seniors won’t tell you they are hungry. They
try to make the meals they have last for as long as they can. They go
without medication or without food, and end up in the hospital or in a
nursing home. A small increase in state funding for senior nutrition
programs can actually save the state money in more expensive Medicaid
healthcare and long-term care costs.