Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has called for funding worth around $2 billion that would benefit nutritional programs designed specifically for older Americans to eat properly.
The program has been around for 50 years and gives both food and nutritional services to seniors including home deliveries of meals. Governor Kathy Hochul supports the move and is backing $1.93 billion in funding for the program.
In the year 2020 Gillibrand’s office believes there were 5.2 million aging Americans who suffered from food insecurity. 7.6% of the older adults in New York are part of this number. There are currently more than 75 million adults over the age of 60 in the U.S.
The program has provided support to around 11 million Americans and their caregivers. They have received transportation services, nutritional support, meal deliveries, and activities that support their wellness.
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