General nutrition service requirements
The OAA requires the nutrition program to provide meals that:
• Comply with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs), published by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
•Provide to each participating older individual:
• A minimum of 33 1/3% the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), if one meal a day is provided.
• To the maximum extent practicable, are adjusted to meet any special dietary needs of program participants.
• Comply with applicable provisions of state or local laws regarding the safe and sanitary handling of food, equipment, and supplies used in the storage, preparation, service, and delivery of meals to an older individual.
• Provide for nutrition screening, nutrition education, nutrition assessment, and counseling, if appropriate.
• Provide homebound elders available medical information approved by health care professionals, such as informational brochures and information on how to get vaccines in the individuals’ communities.
Additionally, the Title VI Regulations allow spouses of eligible elders to be provided nutrition services.
Congregate meal requirements:
• Five days a week, provide at least one hot or other appropriate meal per day and any additional meals which the recipient of the grant may elect to provide.
• Shall be provided in congregate settings.
Home-bound delivered meal requirements:
• Five days a week, provide at least one home-delivered hot, cold, frozen, dried, canned, or supplemental foods (with a satisfactory storage life) meal per day.
• Any additional meals that the recipient of the grant may elect to provide.
Guest meals: Title VI program is not required to provide guest meals. However, if they do, the following should be taken into consideration:
• Any meal served to a person who is not eligible for nutrition services as a tribal member in the service area is considered a guest meal.
• Guest meals can only be provided if all the elders will be served. An elder cannot be turned away for a meal if a guest meal is being provided. Elders come first!
• Guests must pay the full cost of the meal, not just the food cost.
• The money collected for guest meals must be used to provide nutrition services.