The Congregate Nutrition Services section of the Older Americans Act authorizes meals and related nutrition services in congregate, or group, settings. In addition to serving healthy meals, the program promotes social engagement, offers opportunities to present information about healthy aging and showcases meaningful volunteer roles, all of which contribute to an older individual’s overall health and well-being.
More than half were 75 years or older, with an average age of 76.
58% indicated that one congregate meal provides one-half or more of their total food for the day.
77% indicated that they eat healthier as a result of congregate meals.
76% indicated their health has improved as a result of congregate meals.
To participate in congregate meals in Iowa, individuals must be 60 years of age or older; a spouse of an eligible individual (regardless of age); or a Nutrition Services volunteer.
Contact your local Area Agency on Aging or visit LifeLong Links if you are interested in obtaining more information about congregate meals or locating a meal site near you.
The Home-Delivered Nutrition Services section of the Older Americans Act authorizes meals and related nutrition services for older individuals who are homebound. Home-delivered meals are often the first in-home service that an older adult receives, and the program is a primary access point for other home and community-based services. It is important to note that this program provides much more than food; it provides a wholesome meal plus a safety check, and sometimes the only opportunity for face-to-face contact or conversation for that day.