Senior nutrition programs around the country continue to work in inventive and non-traditional ways to adapt to the evolving needs of older adults in the communities they service. Here is a listing of just a few of the amazing organizations that provide for the nutrition, health and wellness needs of older adults.
- New Jersey has utilized the state’s Register Ready (a statewide database of individuals with access and functional needs used for emergency management planning) in partnership with a local Community Independent Living (CIL), to contact registered clients for a wellness check.
Register Ready >
- Rhode Island SUA has developed and implemented Project HELLO (Helping Elders Limit Loneliness Outreach) to engage older adults at home during the COVID-19 crisis. The expanded telebuddy programs support social connectedness by matching a volunteer with an older adult who wants telephone companionship.
View Program Guide >
- Wisconsin Dane County Area Agency on Aging has put together a tool to help combat social isolation and loneliness in older adults who are self-isolating or homebound. This guide provides information on providing wellness calls and programs that promote physical activity, brain health, music and art, positivity, and social connections.
Social Isolation Resource Guide >
- The Nebraska State Unit on Aging helped to connect a large regional restaurant chain with a AAA to provide home delivered meals every other week for participants for a nominal cost to the AAA of $5.00 per meal for a sandwich, fruit, milk and cookie delivered. A school district has also been contracted to prepare meals.
- developed RI Delivers website to help for those living in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. The website provides links to programs and delivery services available within the state for grocery, medication, and restaurant delivery as well as food assistance and general help for chores/tasks.
RI Delivers Website >
- In Ohio many home-delivered meal providers have provided participants a 14-day supply of shelf stable meals to use in the event of an emergency or an unforeseen delay in service delivery. Some home-delivered meal providers have also provided microwaves to consumers in need.
- Iowa Area Agencies strengthened existing partnerships with local Food Banks to provide meal delivery in combination with Senior Food Box delivery. At the state level, a Feeding Task Force of relevant state departments and Food Banks was formed to develop additional partnership opportunities including access by AAAs to AmeriCorps Volunteer for help.
Iowa Senior Hunger Partnership Portal >
- Ohio’s LifeCare Alliance in Columbus utilizes their large commissary kitchen not only for their Nutrition Program meals but it also supports their L.A. Catering division. This division provides full catering services at their in-house event center, as well as throughout central Ohio. They cater business lunches, parties, reunions, weddings and other events. All profits from L.A. Catering are reinvested into LifeCare Alliance to support services for older adults, medically challenged and disabled individuals in central Ohio.
L.A. Catering Division
- Florida’s Meals of Love is a partnership with the Senior Resource Alliance, nine non-profit Central Florida partner agencies, local restaurants and the hospitality industry to deliver restaurant quality meals to the homes of isolated seniors and disabled adults. In addition to supporting seniors and disabled adults, as well as providing opportunities for restaurants, Meals of Love is creating new job opportunities for those in need in the community.
Meals of Love >