OKDHS contracts with community-based organizations to provide meals in a group setting and to deliver meals to homebound seniors. These seniors are often at the greatest risk for going hungry. Risk factors include lack of transportation, lack of family and friend support, inability to cook or prepare meals for themselves, and special needs. Most participants receive a noon meal five times per week. Senior nutrition projects provide more than 6 million meals annually.
Registered dieticians work with local organizations to assure that at-home and congregate meals meet seniors’ dietary needs and to share nutrition education and counseling. Other services supporting health for seniors include adult day services, transportation, and information and referral.