Senior Nutrition Program
Since 1973, the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD) has provided hot, nutritious meals to eligible persons throughout Genesee County. Nutrition services are intended to support seniors, aged 60 and over in maintaining independent lifestyles. Nutritional health is an important component in the quality of life a person experiences in their later years.
The Older American Act through our local Valley Area Agency on Aging (VAAA) continues to fund nutritious meals for senior citizens throughout Genesee County. These services are also funded in whole or in part by Genesee Senior Millage funds. The Home Delivered and Congregate meal program prevents premature and unnecessary institutionalization of seniors, keeping at-risk seniors living independently and leading self-sufficient lives.
Congregate Meal Program
This program provides a variety of nutrition services at more than 20 locations in Genesee County. Included are a hot noon meal, nutrition education and outreach in a group setting. The Congregate program reduces the isolation of seniors and provides a link to other social and rehabilitative services. One day advance registration is required at all sites.
Home Delivered Meal Program
Known to many as “Meals on Wheels” these meals are delivered daily to homebound seniors. The demand for this program continues to grow as life expectancy increases and hospitals discharge patients earlier with an emphasis on in-home recovery and care. Our home delivery meal program provides so much more than food; it provides wholesome meals plus a saftey check, and sometimes the only opportunity for face-to-face contact or conversation for that day. Meals are available up to seven (7) days per week.
Kosher Meal Program
GCCARD subcontracts with the Jewish Community Services to provide specialized Kosher prepared meals. Congregate meals and other nutrition services are facilitated at Temple Beth El.
Liquid Nutrition Supplement Program
Nutritionally at-risk seniors may qualify for liquid supplements to improve their health status through a special screening tool. Assessment staff requires a written doctor’s prescription to receive the dietary supplement used to help seniors maintain a healthy weight.
Summer Food Service Program
This program provides daily meals to qualified children during the summer months.
Available Contract and Catered Services offered.