For older adults, adequate nutrition is vitally important because of their increased vulnerability to chronic disease and conditions which may impair their ability to function, their access to adequate food and nutrition, and their ability to live independently at home.
Our purpose is to improve the dietary intakes of participants, to offer opportunities to form new friendships and to create informal support networks. Two of these funded nutrition programs are congregate meals and home delivered meals.
A congregate meal is a nutritious hot meal provided at least once a day to an eligible participant at a nutrition site, senior center or some other group setting. Congregate meal programs provide older adults with positive social contacts with other seniors at the meal sites. Congregate sites may also offer a variety of health related services such as transportation, health screening, social service referrals, legal assistance, physical and social activities and volunteer opportunities.
The home delivered meal program provides a nutritious meal to an eligible individual at their residence. Volunteers and paid staff who deliver these meals spend additional time with the individuals, helping to decrease their feelings of isolation. They also check on the individual’s welfare and report any health or other problems noted during their visits.
For more information on congregate meals sites and home delivered meals, please contact your local Area Agency on Aging.