Aging with Food & Dignity
California’s older adult population is growing in size and becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Nourish California envisions a California where all older Californians have the food they need to age with dignity. Yet a growing number of older Californians, particularly Black and Latinx elders, have inadequate or inconsistent access to the nutritious food that supports their physical and mental health.
Nourish California advances progressive policies to close gaps in food access and ensure that all older adults can benefit from the systems, supports, and programs intended to serve them.
For example, Nourish California is engaged in the development of California Governor Gavin Newsom's comprehensive Master Plan for Aging, which will serve as the blueprint that can be used by state government, local communities, private organizations, and philanthropy to build environments that promote an age-friendly California. We are advancing recommendations in the Master Plan for Aging that will reduce the growing number of older Californians who cannot consistently afford or access enough nutritious food, and support the dignity, health, and independence of older adults. Through legislative and administrative advocacy, we are leading the effort to simplify the CalFresh application process for older adults, as the program fails to reach nearly four out of five eligible adults age 60 or over.