Senior Nutrition Program
Since 1973, the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD) has provided hot, nutritious meals to eligible persons throughout Genesee County. Services are intended to support seniors, aged 60 and over in maintaining independent lifestyles.
This program and/or service is funded in whole or in part by Genesee County Senior Millage funds. Your tax dollars are at work. The Older American Act through our local Valley Area Agency on Aging (VAAA) continues to be the core funding for these programs. September 30, 2010, marked the ending of another successful year of GCCARD's Senior Nutrition Program.
Four senior nutrition programs are currently available.
This program provides a variety of nutrition services at more than 22 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. All meals provide for calorie controlled, diabetic, low fat and low salt diets and meets one-third of the recommended daily nutrient value for an adult. Meals are available up to seven (7) days per week.
Kosher Meal Program
GCCARD subcontracts with the Jewish Community Services to provide specialized kosher congregate and home delivered meals. All meals are prepared in the kosher food service area of Congregation Beth Israel. 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.