Contact: Mary McNamara
Asst.V.P. Membership and Communications
Meals On Wheels Association of America
For Immediate Release
President & CEO Enid Borden Leaves Meals On Wheels Association
of America with Continued Commitment to End Senior Hunger
Future plans include leading National Foundation
Alexandria, VA., July 19, 2012—The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) announced today that Enid A. Borden will be stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer after more than 20 years of leadership. Still passionate about the cause, she will now focus her energy on her new role as the CEO of the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH), whose mission is to “research, develop and support innovative activities to end senior hunger.” NFESH’s vision of seeking solutions to end senior hunger is an ambitious one, and Borden is no stranger to such undertakings.
Under Borden’s leadership, MOWAA grew from a little known trade association to become a preeminent national charity. An outspoken advocate for those forgotten seniors she called "the hidden hungry,” she led the organization through two decades of remarkable growth, increasing its annual budget more than tenfold and overseeing millions of dollars in grants allocated to MOWAA’s member programs across the United States to support their efforts of providing nutritious meals to seniors in their local communities.
Borden is the visionary who first brought senior hunger to the forefront of public discussion when there was little public awareness about the issue, and she went on to guide the national organization in its goal of ending senior hunger in America by 2020. Her success in effectively getting that message about senior hunger out to the larger national audience will again be recognized in October when she is profiled in the book “Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time” [Welcome Books, 2012] for doing just that.
“This cause is still and will always be my passion and my mission,” said Borden. “Meals On Wheels is one part of the solution to ending senior hunger, but it alone is not the complete solution. During this next chapter in my life, I intend to wake up every day determined to help find those solutions. That will take collaboration with other non-profits, corporations, government agencies and individuals, and I am looking forward to those limitless opportunities. It is not an easy task ahead, but by working with those who believe in our vision, I am convinced that it can and will be done.”
Starting in August, Borden plans to dedicate her full energies to the next nonprofit whose work can change the world. She will lead NFESH, formerly the Meals On Wheels Research Foundation, in its effort to commission ongoing research and publications, encourage the adoption of effective public policies and explore new avenues of ending senior hunger by building strategic alliances across all sectors. As part of her previous work with the Foundation, Borden spearheaded the first-ever comprehensive national research project to examine the prevalence of senior hunger in America. In addition to continuing to support research, the Foundation will work to expand the National Alliance of Women Against Senior Hunger, Co-Chaired by actresses Linda Gray and Linda Evans and Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO). That Alliance’s primary focus is to raise public awareness about the issue.
Borden currently serves as an Advisory Board Member of Sesame Street Food Insecurity Advisory Committee, on the American Society of Association Executive’s (ASAE) Key Philanthropic Organizations Committee, which she chaired in 2008 and 2009. She has also been a member of the CEO Advisory Committee of ASAE, a member of the Nonprofit Advisory Board, and a Member of the Board of Trustees of Alfred University.
About Meals On Wheels Association of America
The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. MOWAA is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states as well as the U.S. territories. MOWAA’s vision is to end senior hunger by 2020. To obtain more information about MOWAA or to locate a local Meals On Wheels program, visit the MOWAA website at www.mowaa.org.