south dakota adult nutrition program
The purpose of the Nutrition Program is to reduce hunger and food insecurity, to promote socialization, promote the health and well-being, and delay adverse health conditions among older individuals. The Nutrition Program is authorized under Title III-C of the Older Americans Act. They fulfill their purpose by providing access to healthy meals, nutrition education and nutrition counseling.
The Nutrition Programs are targeted to adults age 60 and older who are in greatest social and economic need with particular attention to; low income, minority, older individuals in rural communities, with limited English proficiency and who are at risk of institutional care.
There are 20 nonprofit Nutrition Providers in South Dakota. These providers are either Title III-C or Title VI (Older Americans Act direct funding to the tribes). Nutrition programs are sponsored by either a nonprofit organization or a tribal or local government agency. Communities desiring a nutrition program may be a satellite of an existing organization.
Adult Nutrition Providers Offer
- Hot, nutritious meals every weekday which meet one-third of an older person's dietary needs.
- Affordable, delicious meals offering a variety of food.
- An opportunity to meet others in a group dining atmosphere.
- Social contact for those who are homebound.
- Daily fellowship for an active and healthy lifestyle.
- An opportunity to help others by assisting with the program.
These meals are an affordable way to help maintain your health. The cost of only one day in the hospital is equivalent to the cost of eating at an Adult Nutrition Meal Site for one year.
Fifty-two percent of the program's cost is covered by local support: a combination of participant donations, matching funds or additional community resources. Some communities provide the building and the utilities. Many hours of volunteer time are donated to the program in dining room preparation, kitchen assistance and service, as well as delivery of the home-delivered meals.