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Food for Thought:’ Alfred University alumna to lead discussion on hunger in the community

Enid Borden, a 1972 alumna of Alfred University who is nationally known  for her fight to end hunger among the nation’s elderly, will be the inaugural “activist-in-residence” at Alfred University March 29-31.

            “We are delighted that Enid Borden, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the problems of hunger and malnutrition among our senior citizens, has agreed to be our first ‘activist-in-residence,’ ” said Mark Zupan, Alfred University president. The topic is particularly timely, he noted, in light of the present debate in about future federal government funding for the “Meals on Wheels” programs that serve 2.4 million Americans over the age of 60 each year.

            Prior to founding the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) in 2012, Borden was head of the Meals on Wheels Association of America, a national organization that supports more than 5,000 local chapters.

            Borden, the chief executive officer of NFESH, based in Washington, DC, will be leading a workshop “Food for Thought: University-Community Collaborations for Access,” from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30.  Invited participants, who include a cross-section of representatives from area service agencies, colleges and universities, will examine the scope of hunger issues among college students; what resources are available to help them; and how to address the issues with a “collaborative and sustainable plan,” said Dr. Nancy Evangelista, dean of the College of Professional Studies, associate provost, and host for Borden’s visit.

            Borden will present a lecture, “Ending Hunger… Imagine the Possibilities,” at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Nevins Theater in Powell Campus Center on the Alfred University campus. Her lecture is open to the public, free of charge.

               Hunger in America, particularly among senior citizens, has been Borden’s passion for more than 20 years, first as president of the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), which she grew from a “Mom-and-Pop” organization to a multi-million dollar association, and now as founder and CEO of NFESH. 

            After graduating from Alfred University with a degree in political science, Borden earned a master’s degree from Adelphi University. She completed course work at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  

In the early part of her career, Borden worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and publisher, radio commentator, and TV producer. Moving into governmental service, Borden held a number of positions, including the deputy commissioner for policy and external affairs, Health and Human Services (HHS), Social Security Administration, in Baltimore, MD;  and public affairs director for policy and legislation at the Office of Human Development Services, HHS, in Washington, where she handled all national public affairs and public information activities for the multi-billion dollar government program that served children, youth, families, the elderly, developmentally disabled persons, Native Americans and the social services block grant for low-income individuals.

            Borden has been recognized in “Who's Who in the Media and Communications” and she was featured in the book "Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time."

            Borden has served Alfred University as a member of its Alumni Council and as an alumni-elected member of its Board of Trustees. She received an Alumni Citation and the 2008 Alumni Award for Distinguished Service from the University for her professional and personal accomplishments.

As an undergraduate, Borden was the director of the Alfred Summer Stock Company, president of the Footlight Club and University Players, and chair of the Big-Little Sister program.  Theatrical activities after Alfred included singing and acting professionally in New York State; she plays several instruments including piano, guitar and banjo.