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For Immediate Release
October 4, 2011
Meals On Wheels Association of America Selected to Develop
The AoA - MOWAA National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging
(Alexandria, VA) – The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), the oldest and largest national organization representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs across the country, has been selected by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) to develop and implement the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging. The announcement was made by the AoA Assistant Secretary Kathy Greenlee on October 3, 2011.
The National Resource Center is designed to assist the AoA and aging network of organizations, such as local nutrition programs as well as national associations and state and regional agencies involved with aging, in the implementation of the nutrition portions of the Older Americans Act. The development of the National Resource Center will occur as part of a cooperative agreement between AoA and MOWAA.
“MOWAA is thrilled that our proposal to develop the National Resource Center was selected by the Administration on Aging, the Federal agency responsible for the implementation of nutrition and other programs designed to assist older Americans,” said Enid Borden, President and CEO of MOWAA. “In addition to providing critical information and needed resources for current nutrition providers, the National Resource Center will be a focal point for making certain that Meals On Wheels and other senior nutrition programs will be ‘future ready’ to meet the demands of an increasingly older population in this country.”
One of the key aspects of the MOWAA proposal was the expansion of MOWAA’s nascent Professional Library on Senior Nutrition and Healthy Aging. Through the National Resource Center, this library will be the repository of a variety of kinds of tools and information connecting senior nutrition, health and the provision of nutrition services. This information will be available to assist local meal providers with the resources needed to provide nutritious meals more efficiently now and in the future, and will enable the public to obtain important information about nutrition and health.
“The Meals On Wheels Association has been a leader on so many issues involving the provision of meals services to seniors in need of good nutrition and in helping our Senior Nutrition Programs do their jobs better. The National Resource Center will enhance our ability to improve and expand these essential services, and we look forward to working with Secretary Greenlee and her staff at the AoA as well as others in the aging network to accomplish these goals,” Borden continued.
For a copy of the AoA press release on the National Resource Center, go to: http://aoa.gov/AoARoot/Press_Room/For_The_Press/pr/archive/2011/October/2011_10_03.aspx
For more information on MOWAA, go to: www.mowaa.org