My four days in Washington, D.C. have come to an end and I am walking away (well, actually flying away) from here with so much great information. First off, the people at Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) are some of the best people I have met who are working their asses off to make certain someone is looking out for the seniors of America. Secondly, if it weren’t for these organizations I often wonder what would be happening to current and future seniors and who would be fighting for them. Keep in mind, people working for the not-for-profits are often some of the hardest working people in the country because their work is a passion… it’s personal.
I should explain what these organizations are all about and how important it is for this documentary to have two amazing organizations such as these. Actually, I am flattered to have MOWAA, NCOA and AARP as part of this piece. Without these groups I don’t know where this documentary would have become. It not only adds credibility but it allows people who are this passionate to talk about what it is they are doing, the progress they are making and the future prognosis of the “Senior Hunger” (as well as other senior) issues.
The reason I chose MOWAA to be a part of this film is fairly obvious. We’re doing a piece on senior hunger and the two largest organizations feeding people in the U.S. are Meals on Wheels and Feeding America. As I already stated in a previous post, you know Feeding America (the national organization and not the local level) never called me back or wanted to be a part of this movie. Meals on Wheels is an old, old organization serving millions of meals every year to seniors and other people who require the basic necessity of food. I wanted them to be a part of this film long before they ever gave money to my project. While interviewing Enid from MOWAA I learned some amazing things about her organization, what’s happening in America and how they battle every day with Congress to get more and more assistance to help people in this country. My question is… why is it a battle? That’s another film for another filmmaker.
With regard to NCOA, I can’t express enough how great it was to have them on board too. Jim Firman was great and amenable to helping me get out the story and share how they are a part of the lives of many seniors. In case you aren’t familiar with NCOA then you definitely need to look them up. Basically, they are a group that strives to improve the lives of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. In fact, you have to check out one of their great programs that inspired me to want to interview them and have them be a part of this film. That program is called “One Away” and it’s a series of stories of people who are/were one paycheck, health issue, emergency or other issue away from finding themselves in major crisis. It’s really worth checking out and seeing what’s happening.
I think that many people don’t realize how real hunger is in the U.S. and this campaign brings it to life. Also, my relationship with NCOA opened the door for my personal redemption in this film but that’s a later post for a later date. Heck, I may never even mention it because I don’t want to give away too much about this film. All in all, my trip to D.C. was well worth the time and money to get some much needed credibility to my film and I am so thankful for their time and commitment to helping me tell this story.
Check out their websites on my LINKS page.