Founded in 1977, NANASP is recognized by policy makers and others as an effective advocate for their members and the older adults they serve.
NANASP is proud to be a leading organization advocating for community-based senior nutrition programs and their staff. With members from across the United States, we are able to impact local, state and national public policy to maintain and improve the health and well-being of all older persons.
NANASP is an active member of the aging network including Leadership Council of Aging Organizations and works collaboratively with key coalitions including Americans for Long-Term Care Security and the Elder Justice Coalition on broad issues of concern to the older adults.
NANASP was instrumental in the recent reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. NANASP coordinated efforts to assure that resolutions specifically related to nutrition were adopted at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. These efforts included:
- convening a mini conference on nutrition preceding the main conference,
- having NANASP leadership named as delegates to the council and
- collaborating with partner organizations including the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) and
the American Dietetic Association to help elevate the importance of nutrition at the conference.
In addition NANASP joined with a number of other organizations in securing adoption of the top resolution to reauthorize the Older Americans Act which occurred one year after the Conference. NANASP Executive Director Bob Blancato served on the Policy Committee of the 2005 White House Conference on Aging appointed by Rep. Nancy Pelosi.