Founder & CEO

Enid A. Borden

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Recognized in “Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time,” Enid Borden is an astonishing woman, an inspiring leader, and the preeminent authority on senior hunger in America.

For nearly three decades, Borden has relentlessly led the effort first to raise public awareness about and then to find solutions to the growing problem of senior hunger in America. She coined the term the “hidden hungry,” bringing the issue of senior hunger into the national dialogue. Under Borden’s leadership NFESH commissioned the first comprehensive, national study on food insecurity among seniors and continues to release groundbreaking research on the causes, consequences and future of senior hunger in America. Highlighting the problem of senior hunger has set the stage for Borden to achieve her life’s mission – formulating creative and innovative solutions and then forging partnerships to ensure those solutions become reality.

Prior to founding NFESH, Borden held a variety of executive positions in the nonprofit, government and private sectors. As the President and CEO of the Meals On Wheels Association of America, Borden elevated talk of local “food insecurity” into a national movement to recognize and end “senior hunger.” In doing so, Borden raised millions of dollars annually that continue to buoy that organization’s efforts today. She was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and External Affairs at the Social Security Administration and the Director of Public Affairs for the Office of Human Development Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Borden currently serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Sesame Street Food Insecurity Advisory Committee and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Alfred University. She has served in numerous capacities on nonprofit organizations and boards and has served on the faculty of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.

Borden earned her Bachelor’s degree from Alfred University in Upstate New York, her Master’s degree from Adelphi University in New York City and pursued study through the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.

Featured Speaker

A passionate advocate for those she calls the “hidden hungry”, Enid Borden is responsible for bringing senior hunger to the forefront of public discussion at a time when no one was speaking about the issue. She continues to be the go-to person on this topic, frequently a keynote speaker at major conferences, interviewed by news media outlets and often called upon by Congress, federal agencies and other not-for-profit organizations for expert insight, advice and testimony. Prior to becoming the Founder and President and CEO of the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger where she works each day to engage new partners to provide answers and create solutions that can end senior hunger, Borden led Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA). Under her visionary leadership, MOWAA increased its budget over tenfold and grew to become a preeminent national membership organization dedicated to ending senior hunger in the U.S. Prior to her work in the anti-hunger world, Borden also held several public affairs and policy positions in the public sector, including Deputy Commissioner for Policy and External Affairs at the Social Security Administration and Director of Public Affairs of the then-Office of Human Development Services within the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. To schedule a speaking engagement or appointment with Enid Borden contact nfesh or call 571-312-2675.

Suggested Topics

  • Fourth-Wave Feminism: Why Disruptive Women Make The Best Leaders
  • Ask Not: Using Philanthropy And Courage To Change The World
  • Does Hunger Make You Sick? The Epidemic That Is Increasing Our Nation’s Healthcare Costs
  • Hunger vs. Hungry: There Is A Huge Difference
  • Step On The Grass: Let’s Disrupt Hunger
  • The Good News Is We Are Getting Older, The Bad News Is We Are Getting Older

Speaking Event Highlights

  • Reforming States Group Annual Fall Meetings:
    • Portland OR, November 15, 2018
    • Charleston, SC November 29, 2018
    • Louisville, KY December 6, 2018
  • 2018 Annual Meeting of the Georgia Department of Human Services Board of Directors, Atlanta GA, May 16, 2018
  • 2018 AZ4A Aging Summit, Mesa AZ, September 20-21, 2018
  • 2018 ServTracker User Conference, Cocoa Beach FL, January 24, 2018
  • 2017 Georgia Senior Hunger Summit, Atlanta, GA, September 28-29, 2017
  • 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference, Washington, DC, June 25, 2017
  • 2017 Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Aging Conference, Burlington, MA, May 10, 2017
  • U.S. Department of State Young Southeast Asian Leaders (YSEALI) Event, Washington, DC, April 21, 2017
  • 2016 Georgia Senior Hunger Summit — Stone Mountain, GA, September 27-28, 2016
  • Missouri “Show Me Summit” on Aging and Health — Branson, MO, September 11-13, 2016
  • Study of the U.S. Institute on Women’s Leadership Opening Conference – Washington, DC, June 29, 2016
  • Healthy Communities Summit – Atlanta, GA, June 22, 2016
  • Food is Medicine Forum 2016 – Bangor, ME, June 7, 2016
  • Oklahoma “Governor’s Summit on Healthy Aging 2016″ – Oklahoma City, OK, April 12, 2016
  • Hunger Relief and Food Security System Update Meeting – West Palm Beach, FL, November 16, 2015
  • FGP, RSVP, SCP Directors Training Event – Reston, VA, September 12, 2015
  • NASUAD Fall Meeting – Washington, DC, August 30, 2015
  • Florida Conference on Aging – Orlando, FL, August 11, 2015
  • Study of the U.S. Institute on Women’s Leadership Opening Conference – Washington, DC, July 1, 2015
  • Arkansas Senior Hunger Summit –Little Rock, AR, October 14, 2014
  • 2014 Kansas Conference on Poverty – Topeka, KS, July 17, 2014
  • Healthcare Caterers International Board Meeting – Minneapolis, MN, June 23, 2014
  • The Hidden Hungry: Ending Senior Hunger with Enid Borden – Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, Lawrence, KS, April 23, 2014
  • Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging 2013 Annual Conference on Aging – Columbus, OH, November 12, 2013
  • Food Summit, Community Action Partnership 2013 Annual Convention – Chicago, IL, August 27, 2013
  • 2013 Annual Legislative Breakfast – Toledo, OH, April 29, 2013
  • Metropolitan Area Hunger Conference – Glenarden, MD, April 26, 2013
  • Everyone’s Table: DC Holiday Event – Catholic Charities’ Kennedy School, Washington, DC, December 12, 2012
  • 2012 Aging in America Conference/Senior Hunger Panel Discussion – Washington, DC, April 1, 2012
  • Sesame Street Press Conference/Panel Discussion on Food for Thought Campaign – National Press Club, Washington, DC, December 8, 2011
  • Urban Institute’s First Tuesday – Poverty by the Numbers: What New Measures Say About At-Risk Groups and the Social Safety Net, Washington, DC, December 6, 2011
  • Institute of Medicine’s Nutrition and Healthy Aging in the Community: A Workshop, Washington, DC, October 5, 2011 – October 6, 2011
  • The Center for Association Leadership’s In Honor of Women Awards Luncheon & Educational Program, – Washington, DC, Nov. 10, 2010
  • Alfred University – Women of Influence: Advocacy and Activism for A Changing World: Leadership on the Ground, Alfred, NY, October 7, 2010
  • International Schools Services (ISS) Women’s Symposium, Princeton, NJ, June 22, 2010
  • Morrison “MPower” Charity Event, Atlanta, GA, June 4, 2010
  • Hunger and Aging: A Conversation for Iowans; Cedar Rapids, IA, May 21, 2010
  • Hewlett-Woodmere Alumni Hall of Fame Induction, Hewlett, NY, May 2, 2010
  • Agency on Aging (AOA) – Prevention & Wellness – Healthy Aging Panel, Washington, DC, February 25, 2010
  • Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC – Bridgestone Experience Event, Orlando, FL, January 27, 2010
  • U.S. Congress – Senior Hunger in the United States, Differences across States and Rural and Urban Areas study release, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, Nov. 19, 2009
  • “Walmart Delivers” Campaign Kickoff Event, Madison, WI, Nov. 2-3, 2009
  • Walmart/Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP) Leveraging Expertise and Developing Solutions (LEADS) Hunger Relief meeting and panel discussion, Bentonville, AR, Oct. 8, 2009
  • IFA Global Conference on Ageing, The Palais des congres de Montreal, QE, Canada, Sep. 5, 2008
  • Interview w/Newt Gingrich – Energy Solutions documentary; U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC, Aug. 13, 2008


“She is passionate, straightforward, and authentic, linking the issues and problems of senior hunger to solutions and results. Her ability to captivate an audience through her dynamic story-telling and complete compassion for others, is riveting. On many occasions, the audience is left speechless…and forever changed. I’ve witnessed it!”–Maureen Desmond, Senior Director, Strategic Philanthropy, USA TODAY

“There are 10,000 reasons why Enid’s message is so powerful – that’s the number of people who turn 60 in America every day. She brings more than passion and energy to the subject of how we value our elders…Enid brings answers. Many talk – Enid walks, and after hearing her, I defy anyone to not want to follow.”–Robert L.E. Egger, President, DC Central Kitchen / Campus Kitchens Project

“When you meet the fast-talking, passionate Enid, whose career path included being a folk singer and a journalist as well as an advocate for social change, you believe that she will not rest until she puts herself out of business.”–Myrna Blyth, Editorial Director, AARP

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