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Sen. Gillibrand advocates for $1.2 billion funding for elderly meal programs

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, in a recent video press conference, has called for an allocation of $1.2 billion in funding to support meal provision for older adults in New York, amid rising food costs.

This substantial funding is intended to assist organizations like Meals on Wheels in delivering approximately 230 million nutritious meals annually to 2.2 million older adults nationwide who are struggling with hunger. Highlighting the issue, Senator Gillibrand pointed out that over 5.5 million older Americans were categorized as food insecure in 2021.

The proposed funding aims to address this significant concern by ensuring accessible meals for the elderly population.

Senator Gillibrand emphasized the critical role these meals play in supporting seniors, particularly those on fixed incomes who are disproportionately affected by high food prices. The service is not just about providing food; it is about offering social interaction and aid to homebound and disabled seniors who face challenges in accessing grocery stores.

The senator’s advocacy extends beyond merely addressing nutritional needs. She hopes to enhance various New York nutrition programs that offer older adults home-delivered meals, nutrition education, and additional benefits, underscoring the importance of holistic well-being for seniors. This initiative is a step towards enabling seniors to age with dignity in their homes while maintaining their physical and mental health.