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Legislative Advocacy

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Advocacy and lobbying efforts are led by Meals on Wheels Association of Texas, a separate 501(c)(6) statewide association founded in 2004 that conducts state and national legislative advocacy on issues of importance to meals-serving organizations for seniors and adults with disabilities in need of nutritional support.

Members of MOWAT successfully worked with state legislators to pass a bill in 2007 to develop Texans Feeding Texans, a home-delivered meal grant program that currently provides $18.5 million in bi-annual funding administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture to approximately 140 meals-serving organizations across Texas.

In 2019, advocacy efforts were successful in increasing the compensation rate of meals from $4.95 to $5.31 through Title XX funding. MOWAT was also successful in pushing for an increase in total funding for the Texas Feeding Texans grant to nearly $20 million for the biennium.

Regulatory Advocacy

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Meals on Wheels Association of Texas (MOWAT) leadership works closely with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), the Texas Legislature and, on occasion, Congress to ensure that MOWAT:

  • Continues to be a stakeholder that has input as rules, regulations and funding that impact meals programs are being revised
  • Provides input that reflects the wishes of the member programs, regardless of program size and funding structure, and
  • Is an advocate for the member programs regarding changes to rules, regulations and funding that negatively impact meal programs.

National Advocacy

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Meals on Wheels Texas also works closely with Meals on Wheels America to support continuation of federal funding for the Older Americans Act (OAA) and policies that benefit the elderly population that receives home-delivered meals. Meals on Wheels America is focusing on the following:

  • Ending sequestration & sustaining federal funding for Older Americans Act nutrition programs
  • Protecting & strengthening the Older Americans Act
  • Supporting proposals to modify the tax code & increase charitable donations
  • Improving access to other fedreal nutrition programs that benefit seniors

Click here to read their full advocacy agenda.

If you are interested in getting involved in MOWAT's advocacy efforts, please email info@mealsonwheelstexas.org.

Meet our Lobbyists

Lisa Anderson

Lisa has lobbied the Texas Legislature and state agencies for more than 25 years. Due to her former environmental law practice, she is best known as an environmental and energy issues lobbyist, but has also lobbied on taxation, tort reform, human services, budget/appropriations, local government powers and governance, general business, and transportation issues.

Lisa enjoys building diverse lobby coalitions, crafting unexpected legislative maneuvers, and finding unanticipated ways to implement solutions to her clients’ needs. Strategic thinking, the ability to draft legislation and amendments, and the knowledge of her clients’ business are hallmarks of Lisa’s work. Above all, she is tenacious in pursuing her clients’ interests.

Denise Rose

Denise has been working in and around the Texas Capitol for over a decade, primarily in the areas of healthcare and hospital policy. She is extremely well-versed in the legislative and appropriations processes, and has cultivated relationships throughout the Texas Capitol and in state agencies.

Denise has helped Meals on Wheels Association of Texas strengthen its relationships with key Health and Human Services Commission staff and leadership at a time when the agency is going through tremendous changes, both in personnel and in policy.