May 4, 2022
The Older Americans Act (OAA) established the Administration on Aging, the first federal agency designed to address the struggles of older Americans. This year, the OAA is celebrating their 50th Anniversary, their theme for Older Americans Month (OAM) 2022 is “Age My Way.” This special recognition provides an opportunity for all of us to explore the many ways older adults can remain in and be involved with their communities. The OAA funds critical services that keep our nation’s seniors healthy and independent services like meals, job training, senior centers, health promotion, benefits enrollment, caregiver support, transportation, and more.
March 1, 2022
For the last 20 years, the Meals on Wheels network has claimed the month of March as its time to join forces to strengthen the impact of its efforts and rally communities around what you all do. This year, we hope you’ll join Meals on Wheels America and programs across the country in a special March for Meals celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program.
The annual March for Meals celebration commemorates the historic day on March 22, 1972, when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. This year, Meals on Wheels programs from across the country are joining forces for the awareness campaign to celebrate 50 years of success and garner the support needed to ensure these critical programs can continue to address food insecurity and malnutrition, combat social isolation, enable independence, and improve health for years to come.
Programs from across the country have celebrated the month of March since 2002 to increase awareness for Meals on Wheels and recruit the support needed to meet rising demand.
Nutrition is a vital component of our health and well-being, especially as we age. But in communities throughout the U.S., older adults sometimes lack access to the high-quality, nutritious food they need to remain healthy and independent.
Since 1972, the national Senior Nutrition Program has been there to support older adults by providing nutrition services across the country. Funded by the Older Americans Act, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) provides grants to states to support a network of local programs that deliver nutrition services to older adults. These programs promote healthy eating, decrease social isolation, and support better health. They also provide a gateway for older adults to access other home and community-based services such as falls prevention programs, chronic disease management services, and more.
Visit ACL’s Senior Nutrition Program 50th Anniversary website to learn more about this important milestone and join the conversation on social media using hashtag #SNP50