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March is National Nutrition Month: Eight MOW programs receive grants

Eight New York State-based home delivered meals programs have received grants from Subaru's "Share the Love" program through the Meals on Wheels Association of America.

Catauragus County Department of Aging (Olean NY), Visiting Nurses Service of Rochester & Monroe County, Inc., (Webster NY), North Area Meals on Wheels North (Syracuse, NY), Meals on Wheels of Chemung County, Inc. (Elmira NY), Meals on Wheels Programs and Services of Rockland County (Nanuet NY), Corning Meals On Wheels (Corning NY), EAC Inc. (Hempstead NY), and Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area (Jamestown NY) were awarded funds through the program.

"Congratulations to all of the grant recipients. We thank you for the programs you are implementing and for the difference you are making in the lives of thousands of older New Yorkers," said New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) Acting Director Corinda Crossdale. "The services you are providing assist the New York State Office for Aging in fulfilling our mission of helping older adults remain independent and in the community."

Senior nutrition programs are a cornerstone of aging services. To learn more about these programs, please read these articles:

  • March is National Nutrition Month Find out why good nutrition helps keep older adults healthy and independent in the community by preventing malnutrition, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and related disabilities, supporting better mental and physical functioning, and managing common chronic diseases.

  • Congregate Meals in New York State In 2011-12 the congregate meal program provided 10.3 Million meals to about 121,000 older New Yorkers statewide. New York's congregate meals program ranks first in the nation for the number of meals served and second in the nation for number of people served.

  • Nutrition Counseling in Senior Centers Registered dietitians at local offices for the aging are available to offer special help with education and counseling for older adults who may need additional assistance with nutrition issues or concerns. These services are offered to all participants in NYSOFA's community dining and home delivered meal programs. Nutrition counseling is also available for older individuals who don't receive meals.

Did You Know?
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. The Association is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories. More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to help America's seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information, or to locate a local Meals on Wheels program, visit mowaa.org(External Link).

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