New Medicare Open Enrollment Essentials Placemat Available!

Open enrollment is the annual period when you can enroll, review or make changes to your Medicare, including your prescription drug plan. Open enrollment takes place every year from October 15 to December 7.  Medicare Today has created this Medicare Open Enrollment Essentials Placemat for reproduction/dissemenattion at nutrition sites during this period.

New Vaccine Awareness Placemat and Activities!

NANASP and Generations United have created a new placemat campaign to encourage vaccinations this fall! These placemats are intended for use at your senior center or with home-delivered meals. They are designed to get older adults talking about vaccines, particularly across the generations. The placemat has discussion questions. Feel free to use these questions and more to create an educational activity for your lunch hour! A printable placemat can be found here, and more resources, including videos and an intergenerational discussion guide, can be found here at We encourage you to get started using these placemats right away—flu season is right around the corner!

Download the Placemat Here!

Send Paper Plates to Congress!!

4 Reasons Why We Must #SaveLunch for Older Adults

The Paper Plates are Back!  Send Paper Plates to Congress! NANASP is teaming up with Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) to send a message to Members of Congress to #SaveLunch and fund congregate and home-delivered meals programs at the levels necessary to keep them going! We’re bringing back the paper plate campaign to make our voices heard!


Advocacy Alert: Video Message to Congress

NANASP and Meals on Wheels America have teamed up again to produce a joint video message to Congress advocating on behalf of funding for senior nutrition programs. IN this short vidoe, NANASP Executive Director Bob Blancato and Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander explain the impact of cuts on programs that serve older adults. We have sent this video to Members of Congress who make funding decisions; we encourage you to send this video to your Representative and Senators as well!

NANASP Testimony to the House Appropriations Committee

Tony Sarmiento, Chair & Robert Blancato, Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) offer testimony to the House Appropriations Committee in support of the authorized levels in the 2016 Older Americans Act Reauthorization for the Older Americans Act Title III(C) senior nutrition program within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and for the Senior Community Service Employment Program within the Department of Labor.  READ MORE

Why Meals On Wheels Should Actually Thank Trump And His Budget Director

Thanks to their comments, we have seen a national groundswell of interest and support for federally-funded home-delivered meals.  READ MORE

A statement issued by Bob Blancato, Executive Director, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP):

NANASP strongly opposes the initial Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposed by President Trump today.  
It is a mean-spirited budget, targeting its greatest harm on those most in need.  READ MORE