Four-Part Webinar Series on Making Your Mark on the Congregate Nutrition Program

In celebration of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program which began on March 22, 1972, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) will be holding a weekly series of webinars focusing on the Congregate Nutrition Program throughout the month of March. Hosted by the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA), each webinar will focus on a different aspect of ensuring a vibrant congregate meal setting.

PART 1: Make Your Mark: Enhance Socialization and Nutrition

DATE: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
TIME: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

Part 1 will focus on the Congregate Nutrition Program’s role in decreasing social isolation amongst older adults. Attendees will hear testimonials from participants benefiting from the Carter Burden Center in New York City, learn about a recent national study, “Beyond the Meal: The Value of Socialization in Older Americans Act Congregate Nutrition Programs,” and discuss current challenges and future opportunities for a vibrant congregate program as identified at the Future of Congregate Convening in March 2019.

Presenters:

• Keri Lipperini, Director, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Administration for Community Living
• Robert Blancato, Executive Director, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
• Jill Hall, Chief of the Senior Centers and Community Services Division, Baltimore County Department of Aging
• Meredith Ponder Whitmire, Policy and Advocacy Director, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs

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PART 2: Make Your Mark: Enhance Hospitality
DATE: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
TIME: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT

Part 2 will focus on creating a welcoming environment with simple changes to your operation. Chef Matthew Campbell will provide suggestions on ways to enhance the dining experience and attendees will gain insights from a panel of seniors offering their perspective on what makes a vibrant congregate meal setting.

Presenters:

  • Bessie HoskinsNorth Beach Senior Center, North Beach Maryland – Calvert County
  • Burt Fong, Meals on Wheels by ACC, California
  • Bonnie Geraci, Encore Cafe, Heritage Area Agency on Aging, Iowa
  • Chef Matthew Campbell, Corporate Executive Chef, Culinary Services Group

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PART 3: Make Your Mark: Offer More Choices
DATE: Thursday, March 19, 2020
TIME: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT

Part 3 will focus on preparing healthy meals that taste as good as they look. Attendees will learn how to save time with speed scratch cooking so you can offer your patrons more choices to ultimately increase and quantify patron satisfaction.

Presenters:

  • Chef Gerald Drummond, Campbell Soup Company
  • Angie Bradford, Director of Food Service, Wood County Committee on Aging

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PART 4: Make Your Mark on Food Insecurity
DATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
TIME: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT

Part 4 will focus on understanding and addressing food insecurity. Attendees will learn how to identify food insecurity, collaborate with community partners to address it and secure the funding needed to support this important work.

Presenters:

  • Ryan Gadzo, Research Analyst, Erie County
  • Paul Bennett, Manager of Community Initiatives, Age Options, Inc.

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