Community Meal Programs
Federal Title IIIC Older American Act (OAA) funding provides for congregate and home-delivered meals. The purpose of the OAA Nutrition Program is to:
Over 20,000 people are provided meals in Connecticut each year through federal and state funding. Summary Chart.
- Reduce hunger and food insecurity among older individuals,
- Promote socialization of older individuals,
- Promote the health and well-being of older individuals, and
- Delay adverse health conditions for older individuals.
About Home Delivered Meals
Home delivered meals are provided to homebound adults 60 and older. Through Title III funding, AOASCC also provides participants screening for nutrition risk and educational materials about healthy diets.
This program provides much more than food though. It provides a wholesome meal plus a safety check, and sometimes the only opportunity for face-to-face contact or conversation that day.
- 69% of individuals served by this program are 75 years or older;
- More than 60% of participants indicate that the single home-delivered meal provides one-half or more of their total food for the day;
- 91% of participants indicate that the Home-Delivered nutrition program helps them to stay in their own home; and
- More than half of all participants live alone.
More information on the impact of home-delivered on the health and well-being of older adults. Meals on Wheels America Research Study
About Congregate Meals
Senior Cafes are about much more than providing a nutritionally balanced meal. In addition to serving healthy meals, the program presents opportunities for social engagement, information on healthy aging, and meaningful volunteer roles, all of which contribute to an older individual’s overall health and well-being
- More than half of participants are 75 years or older;
- 58% of participants indicated that one congregate meal provides one-half or more of their total food for the day; and
- 77% of participants indicated that they eat healthier as a result of the meal program.
* Above information excerpted from the Administration for Community Living website.
AOASCC grants OAA Title IIIC funding to two community organizations.
- LifeBridge Community Services (New Haven Area Residents), 203-752-9919
- TEAM, Inc. (Valley Residents), 203-538-5886 ext. 4225
For a list of Senior Cafe Sites and other information on meal resources for older adults, click here.
SNAP and CSFP Food Boxes provide assistance with the cost of groceries. Find out more.