Senior nutrition program 50th anniversiry

Supporting nutrition services for older adults since 1972 This March, Herkimer County Office for the Aging joins the Administration for Community Living and senior nutrition service providers across the country […]

Mar 28, 2022

Supporting nutrition services for older adults since 1972

This March, Herkimer County Office for the Aging joins the Administration for Community Living and senior nutrition service providers across the country to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the national Senior Nutrition Program better known as the Meals on Wheels Program.

Since 1972, the Senior Nutrition Program has supported nutrition services for older adults. Funded by the Older Americans Act, local senior nutrition programs serve as hubs for older adults (60 and older) to access nutritious meals and other vital services that strengthen social connections and promote health and well-being.

Senior nutrition is now more important than ever. Each year in the U.S., up to half of adults age 65 and older are at risk of malnutrition, and more than 10 million face hunger. In communities throughout the U.S. – including our own – older adults sometimes lack access to the high-quality, nutritious food they need to remain healthy and independent.

As part of the Senior Nutrition Program network, Herkimer County Office for the Aging helps older adults in our community by promoting healthy eating, decreasing social isolation, and improving health. Our program also provides connections to home and community-based services that can support independence and overall well-being. Herkimer County Office for the Aging serves approximately 350 older adults nutritious meals five days per week. These meals are vital to the overall nutrition of the older adults who receive these meals. In addition, they help the older adults in Herkimer County combat social isolation when they either have a visit from a Meals on Wheels driver or they attend one of our sites where they enjoy meals as a group.

For 50 years, senior nutrition services have helped create healthy, strong communities where all members can flourish regardless of their age. That’s why we proudly recognize this milestone anniversary of the national Senior Nutrition Program and its tremendous impact on the health and well-being of older adults in our community. Join us in celebrating our seniors, our program, and our community. Together, we look forward to another 50 years and beyond!