Gov. Ducey announces $5.3 million for meals for Arizona seniors

Posted at 11:23 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 14:50:56-04

PHOENIX — Arizona is receiving more than $5.3 million in grant funding to help communities provide meals for older adults.

Governor Doug Ducey made the announcement today saying the funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The money will go toward supporting both meal delivery programs and programs serving senior centers.

The programs are part of a relief package, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump last week.

Governor Ducey said in a statement, “These dollars will help Arizona keep our seniors safe and healthy at a critical time. I’m grateful to members of both parties who supported this legislation and to the Department of Health and Human Services for making these resources available.”

In total, Arizona will receive $5,356,670 for senior meal programs, with two-thirds of that supporting home meal delivery.

The Governor also made a request to the federal government to expand nutritional assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

In an Executive Order, issued Tuesday, Ducey delayed the enforcement of eviction action orders for renters impacted by COVID-19.

The Governor also announced yesterday the launch of the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonians during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities.