COVID-19 Suggestions for Senior Nutrition Programs Offering Home Delivered Meals

Older people are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because immune systems change with age, making it harder to fight off diseases and infection. Older adults also are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness. This is particularly true for those clients who are served by home-delivered meal programs across the country. Neither federal law nor ACL regulations restrict home-delivered meals to homebound individuals. In fact, older individuals (60 years of age and older) who are frail, homebound by reason of illness or incapacitating disability, or who are otherwise isolated are eligible to receive home-delivered meals.
States and local entities can expand this. In addition, the spouses, regardless of age of such individuals, are also eligible to receive Title III-C home-delivered meals. Younger people with disabilities (under age 60) living with older adults are also eligible.

This document includes considerations when reviewing policies for nutrition screening, considerations when reviewing policies for nutrition assessments, and considerations when reviewing policies surrounding home-delivered meals, and opportunities to explore.

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