El Cajon, CA – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-53) visited the new Meals on Wheels facility in downtown El Cajon, meeting with President/CEO Debbie Case, the staff and volunteers. Davis is supporting legislation that would help provide certainty to the existence of nutrition programs for seniors.
“It was inspiring to see the commitment, dedication and work done on behalf of our seniors by the staff and volunteers here at Meals on Wheels,” said Davis. “This amazing new facility will provide much needed nutritional support as well as social contact to thousands of seniors.”
For 54 years, Meals on Wheels Greater San Diego has been supporting seniors throughout the region with nutritious, low-cost meals. Seniors can either walk in for a meal or in many cases the meals are delivered right to their door.
The federal government plays a role in supporting nutrition programs for seniors primarily through the Older Americans Act (OAA). In 2011, more than 223 million meals were served to approximately 2.5 million people. Of those meals, 61% were served to frail older people living at home.
Davis is a cosponsor of a bill in the House to reauthorize the OAA, which expired in 2011. While Congress has continued to fund the programs under the OAA, reauthorization of the law would provide some assurance that these nutrition programs would continue to be there for one of our nation’s more vulnerable populations.