Menu planning plays a critical role in the delivery of quality services. There are many factors to take into consideration in developing menus, including input from clients or participants, local food preferences, offering variety, food availability and costs. Additionally, a registered dietitian or nutritionist should assist in the development and review of menus to make sure they meet nutrition guidelines and requirements.

Final 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

April 6, 2016

On January 7, 2016 – the federal government published its latest recommendations intended to shape people’s diets based on the latest research – The Dietary Guidelines for Americans: 2015-2020. The guidelines form the basis for all federal nutrition policies, including the National School Lunch Program, which serves thirty-one million children daily; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for… Read more »

Toolkit: Identifying the Actual Cost of a Meal – Parts 1 and 2

November 3, 2016

A quality senior nutrition program should be future-focused, client-focused, entrepreneurial-minded and should demonstrate business acumen. Those running and overseeing quality senior nutrition programs, independent of their size, must understand why it is imperative to fully understand their actual costs and acceptable “profit margins” before participating in this changing business arena. The following resources support the… Read more »

Toolkit: Components of a Quality Nutrition Program – Part 2

November 3, 2016

A quality senior nutrition program should be future-focused, client-focused and entrepreneurial-minded. Those running and overseeing quality senior nutrition programs, independent of their size, must understand the role senior nutrition services play within the broader parallel nutrition systems, and they must be prepared to modernize their strategy and operations, strengthening this role in the changing environment…. Read more »

What Are the Components of a Quality Nutrition Program? Part 1 (Slides)

September 15, 2015

A slide deck from the first webinar in our series. Description: Quality nutrition programs are an essential part of current and future home and community based service systems. Over 4,000 Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs are implemented in states and local communities throughout the U.S. These programs serve a diverse population, address hunger and food insecurity… Read more »

AoA Choices… What a Nutrition Program Can Do!

April 16, 2015

Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County (MOWI) has been offering a choice of lunch entrees for five years. Beginning March 2007 MOWI began to test market a Choice Meal Program. Due to overwhelming positive response from the test market participants, the choice meal program went countywide on June 18, 2007 and is a permanent… Read more »

Senior Meals: Menus and Recipes

June 30, 2016

Three different menu cycles and recipes used by the Senior Meals program in South Dakota. Disclaimer:  These menus are linked to for reference purposes only. Menu planning requirements vary based on state and local regulations and guidance.  In addition to meeting applicable requirements, menus should be developed with consideration of end user preferences, the availability/locality… Read more »