Notice of Public Hearing

Posted at 2:09 PM, October 16, 2012

Pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. c. 19A §6 and St. 1979 c. 393 §2 and in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30A, a public hearing will be held to discuss 651 C.M.R. 4.00: State Funded Nutrition Program for Elderly Persons.


Wednesday November 14, 2012, 10 AM - 12 PM


One Ashburton Place
Ashburton Café Conference Room, Basement Level
Boston MA 02108

The proposed change to the regulation recognizes that the Congregate and Home-Delivered Meals programs have moved away from the Sponsoring Agency system towards a more efficient system utilizing the services of local “Nutrition Projects”. As the system has evolved from the school-based Sponsoring Agencies to local Nutrition Projects, the regulation needs to be amended to reflect these changes. Instead of a school-based sponsoring system, spread across 68 schools, the Meals Program now utilizes the services of 28 Nutrition Projects which are able to provide year-round services that are tailored to the population served, including a greater ability to deliver home-based services to the increasing number of elders who need such meals. School systems may still contract with Nutrition Projects.

Individuals may also submit written testimony by emailing Siobhan.Coyle@State.MA.US. Pleases submit electronic testimony as an attached Word document with the name of the regulation in the subject line. All submissions must include the sender’s full name and address. Individuals who are unable to submit testimony by email should mail written testimony to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Attention: Siobhan Coyle, 1 Ashburton Place, Boston MA 02108. Written testimony must be submitted by 5:00 PM on November 26, 2012. A copy of the regulation as proposed to be amended is available by contacting Siobhan Coyle at 617-222-7562 or by downloading the document here:

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Please allow two weeks (14 days) advance notice. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may not be possible to fill. Please send an e-mail to Siobhan.Coyle@State.MA.US or call 617-222-7562.