Meals on Wheels Advocacy
*Please see the 6 Call to Action bullet points below.
*While the intended audience of this Call to Action is Meals on Wheels Providers and programs, ANYONE who cares about senior meals can follow these guidelines and advocate.
Everything You Need to Know About What’s Going On
Budget Response Toolkit
Following the release of the President’s proposed Budget last week, Meals on Wheels programs nationwide have been placed in the national spotlight, so it’s time to put this extra public attention to good use. This week, as Meals on Wheels programs from across the country participate in Community Champions Week, it’s more important than ever for you to get out there and enlist elected officials, local celebrities and other prominent community figures to deliver meals, speak out for seniors and raise awareness for the incredible work you do to ensure that seniors are not hungry, forgotten or left behind.
BUDGET response resources
Below are several actions your program can take to mobilize your supporters and a toolkit of resources to help you navigate the impact of the proposed budget along the way.
- Call the President and Members of Congress – We’ve heard from many advocates that they’ve encountered full voicemail boxes when reaching out to Members of Congress, and that some offices are closed, requesting that advocates call back. Don’t be discouraged; maintain your momentum, and keep making constituent calls. Encourage your volunteers, clients and supporters to do the same! Whether it’s the Office of the President, a congressional office or a call to the state capitol, all of your elected officials need to hear your voices and your stories about why Meals on Wheels programs are crucial to meeting the needs of a fast-growing senior population. Resources to help you make calls to the President and Members of Congress can be found here.
- Stay Active on Social Media – Across all social media platforms, we’ve seen a huge outpouring of support, and we need your help to keep that drumbeat going. Here are a few sample tweets and Facebook/Instagram posts you can use to support your social media advocacy. Plus, feel free to use our social media-ready images to complement your posts. And, don’t forget about our #MarchforMeals social media resources, available here.
- Check Out Media Coverage for Your Use – Numerous media outlets have covered the news surrounding the impact that the President’s proposed Budget would have on Meals on Wheels, both locally and nationally. We’ve pulled together a collection of some of the coverage from the last few days that did an excellent job of explaining the current situation and its impact on Meals on Wheels, including several interviews with local Member programs across the country. Take a look at these pieces to inform yourself further, and consider sharing them throughout your networks.
- Meals On Wheels Is Working For Everyone – Meals on Wheels America’s President and CEO, Ellie Hollander, contributed a blog post to Huffington Post.
- Interview with Allison Foreman of the Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels – CNN spoke with the Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels program.
- Trump Plan Would Cut Pueblo’s Meals on Wheels 60 Percent – The Senior Resource Development Agency – which runs a local program in Pueblo, Colorado – spoke with the press about their program.
- Meals on Wheels Prepares for Possible Cuts – Media spoke with Pasco County’s Elderly Nutrition Department about how they’re dealing with proposed budget cuts.
- Meals on Wheels Central Texas Says Proposed Federal Cuts Would Impact Seniors in Need – The Meals on Wheels Central Texas local program spoke about the impact of proposed cuts on the seniors they serve.
- Ashley McCumber of Meals on Wheels San Francisco on CNN Tonight – Meals on Wheels America’s Board Chairman appeared on CNN.
- Interview with CNN – Meals on Wheels America President and CEO spoke to CNN about the economic benefits of Meals on Wheels services
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Erika Kelly, Chief Advocacy and Government Affairs Officer firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-339-1604
Crystal Espie, Public Policy Manager email@example.com or 571-339-1613
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