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The Impact of AoA’s Nutrition Program

Research sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America shows that approximately six million seniors have faced the threat of hunger and 11.4 percent of all seniors have experienced some form of food insecurity. AoA’s Nutrition Program seeks to reduce hunger among older adults by providing healthy meals and other health promotion services.

Woman with meal

The Program offers two kinds of services: congregate nutrition services and home-delivered nutrition services. Congregate Nutrition Services offers meals and other services to older adults in a variety of congregate settings, such as senior centers. Home-Delivered Nutrition Services deliver meals to the homes of older adults who are home-bound. In addition to meals, older adults receive nutrition screenings, counseling, and opportunities for social engagement. Services are targeted to people who are most in need, including low income individuals, minority individuals and older adults who live in rural communities.

For FY’09 the following data highlight the impact of AoA’s nutrition services:

  • AoA Home-Delivered Nutrition Services provided 149.1 million meals to 880,135 seniors, and
  • AoA Congregate Nutrition Services served 92.5 million meals to more than 1.7 million older adults living in community settings.

AoA partners with local organizations to ensure that older adults who need a healthy meal can receive one through community services. Partners include area agencies on aging and groups such as National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Program.


For more information on AoA’s Nutrition Program, visit the Nutrition Services page.

For information on the OAA Nutrition Program implementation, see the OAA Nutrition Program Toolkit.

To learn about the nutritional requirements of older adults, see health fact sheets for older adults.