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Take Action Today to Fight Senior Hunger!

Senior 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. 

The Ohio 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 each year. 

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

“Hello, 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

Click 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

Senior 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.

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Columbus, Ohio 43215

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