Celebrating 50 Years of Senior Nutrition

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Nutrition is a vital component of our health and well-being, especially as we age. But in communities throughout the U.S., older adults sometimes lack access to the high-quality, nutritious food they need to remain healthy and independent.

Since March 22, 1972, the national Senior Nutrition Program has been there to support older adults by providing nutrition services across the country. Funded by the Older Americans Act, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) provides grants to states to support a network of local programs that deliver nutrition services to older adults—like Meals on Wheels Durham.

This March, we are proud to join Meals on Wheels America and programs across the country in a special March for Meals celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the national Senior Nutrition Program. The theme for the 50th anniversary celebration is Celebrate. Innovate. Educate. With this theme, we invite you to join us in:

  • Celebrating the many accomplishments of senior nutrition programs over the past 50 years.
  • Sharing innovative approaches that have been used to support older adults over the years.
  • Educating your peers and local community about the need for these programs that continue to address food insecurity, combat social isolation, and improve health for years to come.

Throughout March, Meals on Wheels Durham will be sharing resources on nutrition, social isolation, well-being, and more. You can celebrate with us by joining us for our Heart 2 Hand Virtual Fundraiser event on March 16 or volunteering to deliver meals to local Durham seniors.

Learn more about our program and the services we provide here.

Visit ACL’s Senior Nutrition Program 50th Anniversary website to learn more about this important milestone and join the conversation on social media using hashtag #SNP50.


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