The Nutrition Services Program Outcomes Evaluation

The Nutrition Services Program Outcomes Evaluation

The Department of Health and Human Services' Nutrition Services Program not only helps alleviate hunger and food insecurity among low-income older adults, it also provides them with opportunities to enrich their social lives, a fact sheet from Mathematic Policy Research argues. The Nutrition Services Program Outcomes Evaluation (2 pages, PDF) found that in 2015 the program served "congregate meals" for 1.6 million participants at senior centers or other community settings, while drivers and volunteers delivered meals directly to nearly eight hundred and fifty thousand home-bound participants, providing opportunities for face-to-face conversation. The fact sheet also found that participants obtained about 40 percent of their daily calories and between 35 percent and 47 percent of their daily nutrients from the meals provided by the program, and that congregate meal participation led to healthier diets, lower rates of food insecurity, and better socialization outcomes.