Older Americans Act Title III-C Nutrition Services Program: Examining the Types of Foods Older Adults Consumed from Program Meals and Over 24 Hours

The purpose of this issue brief is to describe the types of foods that participants consumed as part of congregate and home-delivered meals and examine differences between participants and nonparticipants in foods consumed over 24 hours.

This issue brief expands on the prior analysis that assessed the quality of participants’ diets by examining the types of foods that participants included their diets. Specifically, it describes the types of foods that participants consumed as part of congregate and home-delivered meals and examines differences between participants and nonparticipants in foods consumed over 24 hours. The findings we present here can be helpful for targeting nutrition education efforts with participants and for the program staff who plan congregate and home-delivered meals.