The COVID-19 pandemic has caused nutritional standards (i.e. DRIs and DGAs) to be waived for emergency meals. COVID-19 has made these provisions applicable for funds awarded under Supplemental #3, Supplemental #2 and the regular Older Americans Act during the period of the COVID-19 Public Health
Emergency (Click for OAA Comparison Chart). Although not required, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) encourages the use of these nutritional standards to help older adults maintain their health and manage chronic conditions.
Ideally, programs should make every attempt to deliver the most nutritious meals meeting the minimum daily caloric intake and DRIs/DGAs (when possible). If unable to meet the DRIs and DGAs requirements, ACL recommends meals meet a minimum of no less than 1/3 of the recommended daily caloric intake for
an older individual.