Nutrition Services help to address a number of problems faced by many elders, including poor diets, health problems, food insecurity, and loneliness. Key nutrition services include nourishing meals, as well as nutrition screening, assessment, education, and counseling, to ensure that older people achieve and maintain optimal nutritional status.
A major goal of the Elder Affairs Nutrition project is to provide at least one nutritionally balanced meal per day to seniors either at a congregate meal site or through home-delivered meals. People age 60 or older and their spouses are eligible to receive nutrition services. A voluntary donation is requested.
An additional goal of the Elder Affairs Nutrition Services is to assist older persons in maintaining independence so that they may continue to reside in their own homes for as long as possible.
In addition to the important dietary and social needs met by nutrition services, nutrition sites are encouraged to provide supportive services if needed and not otherwise available to participants. Such services may include information and referral, transportation, health screening, and recreation.
What is the Elderly Nutrition Program?The Elderly Nutrition Program is a federal and state funded nutrition program, administered by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, which allows local elderly agencies to provide nutritious meals to senior citizens.
What does the Elderly Nutrition Program Provide?Meals are provided at congregate meal sites and through home-delivered meals to senior citizens (age 60 or older) and handicapped or disabled people under age 60 who live in housing facilities occupied primarily by the elderly where congregate meals are served.
Each meal contains at least 1/3 of the current daily Recommended Dietary Allowance of nutrients and considers the special dietary needs of the elderly. In addition to providing meals, the Elderly Nutrition Program also provides access to social and rehabilitative services.