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Senior Dining celebrates 40 years being in Minnesota

The National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs made part of the OAA March 22, 1972.

According to Assistant Secretary for Aging, Kathy Greenlee, since 1972, eight billion meals have been served to older Americans. Every day when an older adult participates in either the congregate or home-delivered meal programs, they are able to remain in their communities and homes, maintain their independence and not face the prospect of hospital or nursing home placement because of malnutrition or hunger.

Dollars invested in the Older Americans Act especially its largest program, the nutrition programs, will more than be offset by savings that will be achieved to both Medicaid and Medicare in terms of costs associated with hospital and nursing home care. The Congregate Nutrition Services and Home-Delivered Nutrition Services provide food and socialization for older adults in their own homes or in the community, for about $1,300 per year. This $1,300 per year is the same as the cost of six days in a nursing home or one day of hospitalization.

We pay tribute to our members and all those dedicated men and women in the national aging network who by their daily work have contributed to the success story of these programs and of course we salute the older adults who participate and benefit from these programs each and every day. They are the older adults who are committed to better nutrition being the key to better health.

Variety is the spice of life. Come enjoy great food, and 40 years of nourishing the body and spirit.

Meals are healthy and affordable with a suggested donation after registration form completion. no one is turned away because of inability to pay.

Did you know?

• Each meal satisfies 1/3 of your recommended nutritional requirements and provided 700-900 calories.

• Say no to eating alone. Studies show when you eat with others, you eat better.

• Choose from a variety of meal options. Choose to eat at your meal site with others, have your meal packaged for carryout, or order home-style frozen meals for evenings or weekends. Home-delivered meals are also available if needed.

• Gift certificates are available from meal locations and do not expire.

Kimball’s first Senior Dining meal

Kimball served their first Senior Dining meal March 18, 1974. The suggested donation was 50¢. The menu that day included spareribs, mashed potatoes, kraut, Jell-O
cubes with whipped cream, fruit cocktail, bread and butter.

The nutrition site at St. Anne’s Church in Kimball will celebrate the 40 years in Minnesota dining sites in March of 2014.