PHOENIX — Arizona received $5.3 million from the federal government Wednesday to help older adults get meals during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The grant funding came from the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed by President Trump. In a press conference, Governor Doug Ducey said the money will be divvied up between meal delivery programs and programs serving senior centers.

Two-thirds of the $5,356,670 grant will support home delivery programs like Meals on Wheels.

Area Agency on Aging, Region One will distribute the money among nonprofits and cities with senior care programs. 

Older adults have a higher risk for serious COVID-19 complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control. These resources help make sure seniors get nutritious meals delivered to their homes, so they can remain safe and healthy during a time of social distancing.

AARP Arizona applauded the move in a statement Wednesday, saying the money will help nonprofits meet demand and keep seniors safe.

“We are very thankful to hear that Arizona will receive $5.3 million to help those in need, especially our vulnerable seniors,” said Dana Marie Kennedy, AARP AZ State Director.  

Governor Ducey also made a request to the federal government to expand nutritional assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. If this request is approved, Ducey said the expansion will allow those who utilize SNAP to purchase hot meals. The expansion will also speed up approval rates for those who are eligible for the program.

 You can find a Meals on Wheels provider near you by following this link and entering your ZIP code

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