President Obama Sends His FY2016 Budget to Congress
Includes Significant Increases for Nutrition Programs

We’re thrilled to share more promising advocacy news again this week! The President just sent his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget to Congress which includes a $60 million increase for senior nutrition programs, making it the largest funding request in recent history!

This proposed funding increase demonstrates a clear endorsement of the value of our programs and the need to strengthen them to serve the rapidly growing vulnerable senior population. It also shows that your voices are being heard and that we need to keep a steady drumbeat of calls, emails, Tweets, posts and meetings over the coming months to get this level of funding signed into law.

Investing In Our Core & Our Future

Our President and CEO Ellie Hollander and Chief Advocacy Officer Erika Kelly attended a budget briefing hosted yesterday by Administrator for Community Living (ACL) and Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee. They joined Nora Super, Executive Director of the White House Conference on Aging and other national partners for a discussion on the details of ACL’s budget, and what it means for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs and the seniors it supports. This year’s Budget makes strong investments in the core OAA programs, as well as infrastructure and innovation.

Here is the breakdown for OAA Nutrition Programs:

  • Congregate Nutrition Services (Title III C1) $458 million, an increase of $20 million over current levels
  • Home-Delivered Nutrition Services (Title III C2) $236 million, an increase of $20 million over current levels
  • Nutrition Services Incentive Program (NSIP) $160 million, level funding
  • Nutrition Innovation Demonstrations – $20 million, a new initiative to support evidence-based work to improve quality, efficiency and impact

You can find a full overview of ACL’s budget here and the White House fact sheet for older Americans here.

USDA Nutrition Programs

Additional Budget components include:

  • An increase of $9 million to assist states in improving access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for low-income seniors. Some of these improvements could include initiatives such as simplified SNAP applications for certain households with seniors;
  • An increase of $10 million to support the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP);
  • Continuation of the $21 million budget for the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP); and
  • An increase of $35 million to support the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). As you may know, many Meals on Wheels programs participate in SFSP, which has the dual benefit of helping to serve hungry children when school is out and supporting your program in a variety of ways.

Learn about USDA budget highlights here and an example of SFSP in action here.