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Starving Seniors: How California’s Aging Are Falling Through The Cracks

One of the main federal programs helping seniors is starved for money. The Older Americans Act — was amended in 1972 to provide for home-delivered and group meals for people 60 and older. But its funding has lagged far behind senior population growth and U.S. inflation.

With the act set to expire Sept. 30, Congress is now considering its re authorization and how much to spend going forward.

For now, millions of seniors — especially low-income ones — go without enough to eat nationwide. Across the nation, waits are common to receive home-delivered meals from Meals on Wheels, a network of 5,000 community-based programs and a crucial provider of food for seniors.

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