Issue Brief: Envisioning a New Future for Congregate Meals

We’re grateful for the time and expertise of these working group members: Uche Akobundu , Director, National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging; Senior Director of Nutrition Strategy, Meals on Wheels America Cynthia Banks , Former Chief of Staff, American Society on Aging Bob Blancato , Executive Director, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs Jackie Budilov , ProgramManager, AARP Foundation Autumn Campbell , Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Leanne Clark-Shirley , PhD, Vice President, Programs & Thought Leadership, American Society on Aging Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez , MPA, Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging

Solution: Consistent Messaging on Hunger and Isolation, Private Pay, and Partners How to sustain new funding sources and mechanisms over time, while creating new payment models for the future? Advocate using consistent messaging about hunger and isolation, include solutions such as private pay options, and gather partners who have a stake in addressing social determinants of health. • Enable data-sharing across organizations to maximize the utility of data collection. • Partner with emergency services (i.e., fire departments, healthcare clinics, police precincts) to promote an organization’s emergency food programs. • Partner with local departments of education and youth programs to identify students for volunteer opportunities (to fulfill high school community service requirements). • Partner with corporations, employers, and tech businesses (cellular, etc.) to request donations of gently used tablets or laptops that the organization would otherwise discard after upgrades; or seek donations of refurbished tablets, smart phones, etc., from cellular providers. • Amplify news coverage of how meal services have kept local restaurants and other businesses open. Inspiring Resources • Rethink intergenerational programs and physical distancing with Generations United . • Make your business case with The SCAN Foundation ROI Calculator . • Host a virtual Dinner + Oral History event with StoryCorps Connect .

Paul Downey , President/CEO, Serving Seniors Lynn Faria , Executive Vice President, SAGE

Melinda Forstey , Chief Operating Officer, Serving Seniors Peter Kaldes , President and CEO, American Society on Aging Keri Lipperini , Director, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs, Administration for Community Living Sandy Markwood , CEO, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Shireen McSpadden , Director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing Wanda Mitchell , Director, Community Relations, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Najja Orr , MBA, President & CEO, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Pallavi Podapati , GRADFutures Scholar, American Society on Aging Lisa Marsh Ryerson , President, AARP Foundation Jennifer Sinnott , Vice President of Health and Social Services, Serving Seniors Lauren Steingold , Head of Strategic Initiatives, Uber Health David Vincent , Chief Program Officer, SAGE Edwin Walker , Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration for Community Living Karen Washington , Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Steven Wilkinson , Senior Director, Programs and Services, SAGE Elizabeth Winn , Assistant Director for Health and Nutrition Services, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Walter Woods , CEO, Humana Foundation

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