Through use of a short questionnaire, an individual’s risk of malnutrition is determined.
Providing information on the components of a healthy diet, the relationship between diet and health, disease- specific nutrition information, and tips on improving nutritional status.
Meals served in group settings
Congregate meals are provided in 217 nutrition centers across the state in facilities such as: senior citizen centers, schools, churches, and community centers, among others. The nutrition centers in each county provide (in addition to a meal) opportunities for socialization and participation in program activities. Services planned at nutrition centers include: meals, nutrition and health education, recreational activities, shopping assistance, transportation, counseling, information assistance, health screening, and many other innovative activities. The centers operate Monday through Friday, except for holidays.
Home delivered meals
One meal a day is delivered to the consumer’s home. The meal delivery person provides social contact, as well as a vital safety check on the welfare of the consumer, reporting any health or other problems that are noted during their visits.
There are over 560 meal delivery routes serving Tennesseans. Congregate and home-delivered meals are nutritionally balanced and contain at least one-third of the current recommended dietary allowances as established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.
For additional information
To get information on eligibility requirements and the location of nutrition centers in your community, contact your Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Eligible consumers receive services through local service provider agencies under contract to the Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Eligible consumers participating in either the congregate or home-delivered meal programs are given the opportunity to make voluntary contributions towards the cost of their meals.