Older Tennesseans not able to leave their homes get one meal a day delivered. Meals are nutritionally balanced to support good health. The deliverer provides a friendly visit and a safety check.
Meals are served at no cost, but donations are appreciated and encouraged. Donations allow for more nutritious meals to be served to homebound older Tennesseans.
In 2013, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability network served over 1,200,000 home-delivered meals.
Healthy, tasty meals are served at over 200 senior centers, churches, schools, and community centers across the state. These centers serve meals Monday through Friday, except for holidays.
Meals are available to anyone 60 years old and older, and their spouses, at no cost. Donations are appreciated and encouraged. Donations allow for more nutritious meals to be served to older Tennesseans.
Senior centers also offer many activities and opportunities to make friends. Activities include exercise classes and bingo, health education and screening, shopping assistance, transportation, and information assistance.
In 2013, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability network served over 800,000 congregate meals.
Older Tennesseans who participate in home delivered and congregate meals programs receive additional services at no cost. Nutrition screenings check to see if the participant is getting the nutrition they need. Nutrition education teaches participants how to stay healthy through good diet and exercise. Nutrition counseling provides one-on-one assistance to the participant in using diet to better manage diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
How do people sign up?
Contact your Area Agency on Aging and Disability. They can tell you if you are eligible, as well as provide the locations of nutrition centers in your community.
There are many programs that can help older Tennesseans get the food they need.
- Call 1-866-836-6678 or visit tnaaad.org to locate food pantries and other services in your community.
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps older Tennesseans avoid have to choose between food and medicine. If you have high medical or shelter costs, you may qualify for extra assistance. To learn more and apply, call 1-866-311-4287 or visit the TN SNAP Web site.
Item of Interest: Five Signs Your Aging Parent Isn't Getting Enough Food
The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger has posted a short list of warning signs to help you spot when the seniors in your life may not be getting enough to eat.