Senior Nutrition Program
Total Stimulus Appropriation: $97,711,0001
New Jersey’s Portion: $2.8 Million
Allocation Method: Funding was allocated through grant awards to states under the federal Older Americans Act (OAA). New Jersey Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) in each of the 21 counties will receive funding through a Federal formula. County level allocations will be finalized in late April.
Program Overview
The OAA Nutrition Program for the Elderly provides funds for nutritious meals – both those that are home-delivered and available in group settings – for adults 60 years of age and older in New Jersey.  Often the meal provided through this program is the main meal of the day for many participants. For home delivered meal recipients, the face to face contact is the only human contact a participant may have in a day. With the additional $2.2 million in nutrition funds through the stimulus, it is estimated that New Jersey will be able to deliver more than 100,000 additional meals to thousands of seniors either at home or at nutrition sites. Currently, the programs deliver 6 million meals to 63,000 seniors each year in New Jersey.

Federal Requirements and Restrictions
  • The federal government has required that states and county AAA’s report quarterly on how funds have been expended.
  • All funds under the OAA are targeted to serve individuals age 60 and over who are low-income with particular attention poverty/minority individuals.
Program Eligibility
The stimulus includes meals and nutrition services for older adults to help them maintain their health and independence and is allocated as follows:
  • Congregate Nutrition Services – Individuals must be age 60 and over. It is also available to their spouses regardless of age. Participants are provided with an opportunity to voluntarily contribute whatever they can afford toward the cost of these meals. Reservations are required, in most instances, 24 hours in advance.
  • Home-Delivered Meals – Individuals must be age 60 and over and be home-bound. In-home assessments are required by the Area Agencies on Aging (the county offices on aging) to determine eligibility for this service. A meal may be provided to the spouse, if it is in the best interest of the homebound older person being served. There is no strict income requirement
Project Prioritization
  • All wait lists for the Senior Nutrition Program are maintained at each county by the 21 Area Agencies on Aging. Eliminating these wait lists is New Jersey’s first priority.


For more detailed information, please visit the DHSS website at - www.state.nj.us/health/senior/federalbenefits/nutrition.shtml


1Estimate from the Federal Fiscal Estimate for States