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Senior Nutrition Programs in Sussex County
Release Date: November 03, 2011

Senior Nutrition Programs in Sussex County

To obtain additional information on either of these beneficial programs or to make a reservation for one of the congregate nutrition sites, contact Catholic Family & Community Services at 973-209-0123.

[Newton, NJ] The Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) Program and Congregate Nutrition Program are senior nutrition programs available to those ages 60 or over to provide nutritionally adequate meals that are one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). These programs are designated to promote the independence, dignity, health and well being of the participants. The Home Delivered Meal Program is a nationally recognized program to provide at least one meal per day to individuals, who are homebound. Individuals can qualify for the program if they are 60 or over, disabled or incapacitated due to accident, illness or frailty and cannot prepare meals safely or lack the support from family, friends or neighbors.

The Home Delivered Meal Program was one of the first programs implemented under the Older American's Act of 1965, as amended. Federal funding for the program was established to provide community based programs to distribute home delivered meals to clients in need of the services. The Home Delivered Meal Program began in Sussex County in the early 1970's. The program started in three towns and then expanded into other towns. A hot meal is prepared daily and packaged into individual meals to be delivered to home bound clients. The meals are delivered to various locations throughout Sussex County and then received by a volunteer who in turn delivers the meal to the homebound client within that municipality. Volunteers are instrumental in delivering the meal, as well as making contact with the clients to check on their well being. Federal, state and county funding from local Area Agencies on Aging contributes to the program.

The Congregate Nutrition Program provides nutritionally adequate meals to clients at congregate nutrition sites, five days a week. Social activities, programs and guest speakers are available on various days for the participants to gain insight and knowledge on a variety of subjects. The Congregate Nutrition Program started in Sussex County in 1973 by opening sites in Hopatcong and Newton. Sites in Sussex, Vernon and Franklin followed later. Currently four congregate nutrition sites exist in Sussex County with daily meals provided at Franklin, Hopatcong, Newton and Vernon. A notice of at least 24 hours is required at each site to reserve a meal for the following day's meal. The menus are published every Sunday in the Lifestyle Section of the New Jersey Herald. The Congregate Nutrition Program is funded through federal and county funding.

Sussex County Division of Senior Services (local Area Agency on Aging) contracts with Catholic Family & Community Services to provide the Home Delivered Meal Program and Congregate Nutrition Program in Sussex County. Currently the Home Delivered Meal Program delivers about 75 meals daily to homebound clients in need of nutritionally adequate meal and support. The Congregate Nutrition program provides on an average of 110 meals per day to the four congregate nutrition sites within the County. To obtain additional information on either of these beneficial programs or to make a reservation for one of the congregate nutrition sites, contact Catholic Family & Community Services at 973-209-0123.

 

A program of the Department of Human Services, Stephen R. Gruchacz, Administrator, Division of Senior Services, Lorraine Hentz, Division Director, One Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860 Office Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Phone 973-579-0555 Fax 973-579-0550 seniorservices@sussex.nj.us





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