2015: OAA Myths/Myth Busters FAQs

The Older Americans Act Nutrition Program Did You Know…..?
If you can think of any other myths/myth busters, please email them to: [email protected]

The Older Americans Act (OAA) is a flexible law that allows states to tailor their programs to meet the needs of the older adults in their states/communities who are in greatest social and economic need. Sometimes people comment that the “OAA nutrition program won’t let us…. (fill in the blank)” when in reality there may be no restriction in the OAA that would prohibit that action, or they say “Really? I had no idea that the OAA nutrition program allows.… (fill in the blank)”. This informal document presents general information about the OAA nutrition
program that may be surprising to some and brand new to others.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: In many areas the OAA gives states the authority to add other requirements beyond those in the OAA. That means that some practices that might be allowable under the OAA and perhaps discussed in this document could be handled differently in some states or local areas. State and local variances are NOT covered here. This document only reflects myths and truths about the OAA nutrition program from a federal perspective.