We support a nutrition program that responds to the needs of older Kansans. The AAAs received FFCRA and CARES funding to respond to the nutritional needs during the pandemic. With this substantial one-time increase, the recommended state budget cuts the program by $850,000 for FY22. To meet the growing demand, funding must be restored during FY23 to ensure access to nutrition for older adults living in the community.
We support the Older Kansans Employment Program (OKEP). This resource assists with addressing the workforce shortage and responds to the social determinants of health impacting many older Kansans. OKEP provides skills and career assessment, job-matching, specialized training and job search assistance to Kansans age 55 and older regardless of income and facilitates development of job opportunities for older Kansans in private industry. When there is an economic down-turn, older adults are the first employees to experience termination of employment.
The AAAs’ funding is primarily generated through contractual agreements with government entities. Although designated as 501(c)(3) organizations, Kansas statute does not exempt them from paying sales tax. Allowing exemption increases direct service delivery to respond to the growing demand.