Barre, VT (March 17, 2022) – This March, Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) joins the Administration for Community Living and nutrition service providers across the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the national Senior Nutrition Program.
Since 1972, the Senior Nutrition Program has supported nutrition services for older adults. Funded by the Older Americans Act, local 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.
Nutrition programs for older adults are 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. Last year, nutrition programs in Central Vermont helped reduce hunger for older adults by providing 222,197 home-delivered, congregate, and grab-and-go meals. These 12 nutrition programs throughout Central Vermont are vital for alleviating food insecurity in our communities.
In October 2021, CVCOA honored their commitment to providing nutritious meals and their dedication to continued service during the pandemic with Community of Strength Awards. “We are thankful for our partners who are addressing the issues of senior hunger and isolation locally, ensuring that our central Vermont older adults live more nourished and independent lives in their own homes,” says Kathy Paquet, Nutrition and Wellness Director at CVCOA.
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, CVCOA 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.
For 50 years, 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 honoring this important milestone for the nutrition programs in Central Vermont and the older adults who rely on the nutritious meals they provide in our communities. Together, we look forward to another 50 years and beyond!
Learn more about nutrition programs in Central Vermont online at www.cvcoa.org/food-and-nutrition.html or call the CVCOA Helpline at 1-802-477-1364 if you need assistance accessing nutrition programs. Find the nutrition site near you to support their efforts during March for Meals.
Join CVCOA in honoring this 50-year anniversary by donating to support nutrition programs in Central Vermont during our 2022 March for Meals Campaign. Make your donation online at www.cvcoa.org or by sending a check to: Central Vermont Council on Aging, 59 N. Main St., Suite 200, Barre, VT 05641.
Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) supports older Central Vermonters to age with dignity and choice in 54 towns. Visit the CVCOA website at www.cvcoa.org or call the CVCOA Helpline at 1-802-477-1364 for more information or assistance. CVCOA is located at 59 North Main Street, Suite 200 in Barre with regional offices located in Morrisville, Randolph, South Royalton and Rochester.