Meals on Wheels America Releases Comprehensive Guide on Food Assistance Programs

February 16, 2017

Jenny Bertolette, Vice President of Communications, Meals on Wheels America

In our ongoing effort to provide the aging and hunger networks with the tools they need to succeed, Meals on Wheels America is pleased to release a new report titled Hunger in Older Adults: Challenges and Opportunities for the Aging Services Network. This first-of-its-kind resource explores a variety of available food assistance programs that can be used in combination to more effectively address the needs of seniors in your community.

Senior Hunger ReportThe need for this resource became apparent amidst a pilot project funded by AARP Foundation and Caesars Foundation that sought to use tablet technology as a means to increase enrollment of eligible individuals in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In doing this work, the need for additional information about the full range of federal food assistance programs emerged.


• Examines national programs that address the needs of seniors, silos in these systems, and potential strategies to make them more effective;
• Synthesizes publicly available research and information from government, organizations, academic studies, aging services reports and technical assistance materials;
• Examines the multiple ways that State Units on Aging (SUAs) tackle food insecurity to better address senior hunger issues within their state;
• Illuminates some of the challenges and opportunities for the community-based nutrition services network in serving older adults; and
• Recommends actions for leaders and advocates to better communicate, coordinate or collaborate, and develop more effective interventions.

To download the full report and other helpful resources, visit