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Heritage Agency on Aging to cut number of meals served

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The Heritage Area Agency on Aging says it will decrease the number of meals that can be provided by the regional Senior Nutrition Program funded through the Older Americans Act in fiscal year 2013. 

This year, in partnership with local providers, the Heritage Area Agency on Aging will help fund 490,000 home delivered and congregate meals in seven counties in East Central Iowa.   This number will decrease by more than 83,000 meals beginning July 1, 2012.

Since 1965, the federal Older Americans Act has helped fund nutritionally balanced meals for seniors either at home or in a congregate setting.  The program is available to anyone over the age of 60, but targets low income, rural, frail seniors to receive meals.  Despite a growing aging population, funding for the Older Americans Act has not kept pace with the needs of seniors. With increasing food costs, transportation costs, a reduction in voluntary contributions, and the loss of one time federal funding for the program, Heritage is no longer able to sustain the number of meals it helps fund in the region.

The Heritage Area Agency on Aging plans, coordinates, advocates for, and funds home and community based programs that serve the more than 70,000 older adults in Linn, Johnson, Cedar, Iowa, Benton, Jones and Washington Counties in Iowa.  A Department of Kirkwood Community College, some of the programs and services that Heritage helps fund include home delivered meals, elder abuse prevention, adult day care, volunteer transportation, and caregiver support.

To contact the Heritage Area Agency on Aging or for information on how to support the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program,  call (800) 332-3934 or email heritage@kirkwood.edu.

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