seniorhunger_CraigDavis_499,998Governor Mary Fallin recently signed one of AARP Oklahoma’s state legislative priorities — a measure that will help combat senior hunger.

House Bill 1418, which would have died without AARP Oklahoma’s efforts earlier in the session, creates the Josephine Meade Anti-Hunger Act.  This measure, which goes into effect immediately, requires the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to promulgate rules that will allow the patrons of senior nutrition project sites to take home leftover food and to seek ways to receive donated packaged or nonperishable food, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.  Considering that senior nutrition project sites are the only point of contact and source of adequate nutrition for countless older Oklahomans, this measure has the potential to truly combat senior hunger and malnutrition in Oklahoma.  AARP Oklahoma is proud of this accomplishment and we remain committed to working with the Department of Human Services during the rulemaking process.