Nutrition is a vital component of our health and well-being, especially as we age. But in communities throughout Indiana, older adults sometimes lack access to the high-quality, nutritious food they need to remain healthy and independent.
For more than 50 years, the Older Americans Act Title III Nutrition Program has funded home-delivered and congregate meals in our Indiana Area Agency on Aging network to help ensure older Hoosiers have opportunities to stay healthy, independent and connected. Using Older Americans Act and other funding, AAAs help older adults access healthy foods, and provide nutrition screening, nutrition education, social opportunities, and other supports that encourage well-being. The program plays an integral part of Indiana’s provision of sustenance and so much more to our older community members, especially those most vulnerable to food insecurity, chronic health conditions and social isolation. They provide a gateway for older adults to access other home and community-based services such as falls prevention programs, chronic disease management services, and more.
Indiana’s nutrition program provided more than 1.9 million meals in FFY 2022 serving more than 20,000 clients nutritious meals that meet the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Meals are provided free of charge; however, participants who are able may make a small donation to further support the program.
Governor Holcomb has proclaimed March 13-17, 2023, as Nutrition Awareness Week across the state of Indiana to celebrate the anniversary of Indiana’s Senior Nutrition Program with our AAAs. In recognition, all AAAs will serve a special meal during the week at their congregate nutrition sites embodying the theme of “Fuel for the Future.”
To learn more about your local program, contact your Indiana AAA at 800.986.3505 or find them here.