East Texas, August 5, 2020 – ETCOG’s Area Agency on Aging (AAA) program has received a total of $2,695,330 in COVID-19 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Funds. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, provided the additional funding for the nutrition services programs authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965. The need for these services, particularly home-delivered and packaged meals, has increased as community measures to slow transmission of COVID-19 have closed meal sites and have left many family caregivers unable to assist their older loved ones. A total of $628,039 has been received for the East Texas AAA senior nutrition program and will be expended through our home-delivered and congregate meal programs. The congregate meal program has transitioned to “grab and go” at all meal sites for safety purposes. A total of $2,067,291 was received for other AAA service delivery programs. For more information, please see ETCOG’s full news release at https://www.etcog.org/area-agency-on-aging-receives-funding-to-expand-services-for-east-texas-seniors-through-covid-19-pandemic