Nutrition and Wellness
Scientific evidence shows good nutrition is essential for healthy living and quality of life. Adequate nutrition is especially important for older adults because of their increased vulnerability to chronic diseases and conditions which may impair their functionality, ability to live at home in the community, and access to food and nutrition. Proper nutrition is an important part of healthy aging and the prevention or delay of chronic diseases and disease-related disabilities
The Elderly Nutrition Program is managed at the state level by a team of Registered Dietitians. In fiscal year 2011, the Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) delivered over 4 million meals to eligible seniors across Alabama. Meals and eligibility are coordinated in each county by the local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). In addition, Alabama uses a contract food vendor to plan, prepare, and distribute hot meals and frozen meals to seniors. All meals must comply with the most recent U.S. dietary guidelines, as well as provide a minimum of one-third (1/3) of the dietary reference intakes for older individuals. Meals are purchased with federal and state dollars. Donations are accepted from participants and other individuals. These donations are put back into the meal program to help provide additional meals to more seniors.
Congregate & Home Delivered Meals
Congregate meals provide seniors the opportunity to dine in a community setting at one of over 350 senior centers around the state. Each county in Alabama has a minimum of one senior center delivering a hot lunch meal program Monday through Friday. The healthy meals, social activities, and access to information from the community provide great benefits to seniors. Home- Delivered Meals are provided to an eligible client at the client's place of residence. The home-delivered meals are either a hot meal delivered daily, or a frozen box of 5 meals delivered weekly by the contract food vendor.
The nutrition education program promotes better health by providing accurate and culturally sensitive nutrition, physical fitness, or related health information and instruction. Education for participants and caregivers takes place in groups or individual settings. Written nutrition and health education information is provided quarterly by a registered dietitian for use in the local community senior centers. Many senior centers through their AAA's, partner with other local licensed health care workers to provide health related information on site.
To Contact Your Local Area Agency On Aging, Please Call:
Food Assistance Application