Who We Are

The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging is being developed by the Meal On Wheels Association of America as part of a cooperative agreement with the Administration on Aging.

The Meals On Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs across the country. This national organization and network represents 5,000 Meals On Wheels programs that serve over one million meals every day to seniors across the country. To learn more about Meal On Wheels America, please visit our website at www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

The Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), is the Federal agency responsible for advancing the concerns and interests of older people and their caregivers. AoA works with and through the Aging Services Network to promote the development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of home and community-based long-term care that is responsive to the needs and preferences of older people and their family caregivers. AoA is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and is headed by the Assistant Secretary for Aging. For more information about the AoA, click here.

Background

In October 2011, Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee announced the award of $315,667 to the Meals on Wheels Association of America to establish a new National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging for the purpose of assisting AoA in meeting the requirements of the Older Americans Act to build the capacity of the aging services network to provide nutrition services for both current and future older adult populations integrated into a home- and community-based service system and provide training and technical assistance to the aging network regarding nutrition services.

Additionally, the National Resource Center is tasked with working to enhance the aging service network’s knowledge regarding the role of nutrition services in health promotion and disease prevention, and the scientific and clinical evidence that support both healthy meals and other nutrition services.

The Older Americans Act nutrition program aims to reduce hunger and food insecurity of older adults as well as promote their socialization, health and well-being, as well as to delay adverse health conditions through access to nutrition and other disease prevention and health promotion services.

  • Posted: June 20, 2011
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