Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) in Alexandria, Va. announced today that longtime president and CEO Enid Borden will step down to join the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) in the same capacity. Her tenure will officially end in the beginning of August.
Borden spent 20 years at MOWAA, growing it from a small trade association to a preeminent national charity. An outspoken advocate for seniors, she increased the organization’s annual budget from less than $100,000 to $15 million and oversaw millions of grant dollars to MOWAA’s programs.
“This cause is still and will always be my passion and my mission,” said Borden. “Meals On Wheels is one part of the solution to ending senior hunger, but it alone is not the complete solution. During this next chapter in my life, I intend to wake up every day determined to help find those solutions. That will take collaboration with other non-profits, corporations, government agencies and individuals, and I am looking forward to those limitless opportunities. It is not an easy task ahead, but by working with those who believe in our vision, I am convinced that it can and will be done.”
Borden will begin her work at NFESH, formerly known as the Meals on Wheels Research Foundation, starting on August 1st. She will help the organization in its efforts to commission ongoing research and publications, encourage the adoption of effective public policies, and explore new ways to end senior hunger by building alliances across all sectors.
In an interview with The NonProfit Times, Borden detailed some of the reasons she left MOWAA.
“I’ve been here for 20 years, and it’s been 20 of the best year of my life, but sometimes in life you want to take a different direction. This affords me more time and more opportunity to figure out how we can solve the problem of senior hunger together.” Borden also mentioned how she liked the idea of joining a membership program.
In addition to her work at MOWAA, Borden also serves as an Advisory Board Member of Sesame Street Food Insecurity Advisory Committee, and on the American Society of Association Executive’s (ASAE) Key Philanthropic Organizations Committee, which she chaired in 2008 and 2009. She has also been a member of the CEO Advisory Committee of ASAE, a member of the Nonprofit Advisory Board, and a Member of the Board of Trustees of Alfred University.