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Nutrition Services

Nutrition screening 

Through use of a short questionnaire, an individual’s risk of malnutrition is determined.

Nutritious foods. Image courtesy of Microsoft and its partners.

 

Nutrition education 

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.


Nutritious fruits and vegetables. Image courtesy of Microsoft and its partners.

For additonal 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.

 

FoodPantries.org

FoodPantries.org is a free online resource for anyone, families or individuals, in need. The site, by its own declaration, is "not associated with any government agency or nonprofit organization," and that includes the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. FoodPantries.org is an area-specific list of food resources for the hungry, and for that reason we have chosen to link directly to the list of food resources in Tennessee cities. Other parts of the country are accessible through the FoodPantries.org home page.

More to Explore

Living Healthy Georgia: Seniors Taking Charge is a website packed with information, including descriptions of illnesses, self-assessment tools, and suggestions for eating well, including recipes!

 

The Health Consequences of Senior Hunger in the United States, prepared by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. Available as of February 2014.