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National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs

National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) was founded in 1977. The NANASP is a national membership organization for persons across the country working to provide older adults healthful food and nutrition through community-based services. 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 is a leading organization advocating for community-based senior nutrition programs and their staff. With members from across the United States, NANASP are able to impact local, state and national public policy to maintain and improve the health and well-being of all older persons. NANASP played an important role in the recent reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. NANASP kept its 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.

NANASP has collaborated 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's mission is to strengthen through advocacy and education those who help older Americans and its vision is to reshape the future of nutrition and healthy aging.

NANASP is an advocacy organization working in Washington, DC on behalf of issues most critical to its members. Its advocacy work is both national and grassroots in scope. NANASP members are critical to effective advocacy. NANASP provides advocacy tools for its members to use throughout the year. In addition, NANASP adopts resolutions at its annual conference voted on by members which focus on our key positions.

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