Senior Dining Sites & Home-delivered Meals
There are 29 Dane County senior dining sites where seniors (age 60+) meet to socialize and have a nutritious meal on a donation basis. Programs, activities, and information about health, resources, and nutrition often accompany the meal. Transportation is available. For those who are homebound, a nutritious meal can be delivered to a person’s home.
Personal Nutrition Counseling Available for Older Adults
One-on-one nutrition counseling is available to older adults residing in areas served by the Senior Nutrition Program in Dane County seeking information on ways to improve their overall health. Registered Dietitian Shannon Gabriel meets with older adults age 60 plus to discuss nutrition-related questions or difficulties. Common topics include (but are not limited to): diabetic diet; food interactions with medication; severe weight loss; heart-healthy diet; taste and smell changes; difficulties chewing or swallowing; poor appetite; constipation; acid reflux; cooking for 1 or 2; and basic older adult nutrition.
A Registered Dietitian assists in meal planning at all Older Americans Act funded senior dining sites throughout Dane County and ensures the meals provide 1/3 of the RDA (recommended daily allowance) and DRI (dietary reference intake) needed by aging adults. These meals must follow the dietary guidelines for older adults by providing a protein, vegetable, fruit, bread, milk, and dessert. In addition to approving all menus, the Registered Dietitian also completes annual on-site inspections of all Dane County senior dining sites to ensure the sites meet all regulatory guidelines for safety and sanitation.
Senior Farmers’ Market Vouchers and Distribution (through October 2021)
Area Agency on Aging of Dane County offers vouchers to older adults for use in purchasing $25 worth of fruit, vegetables, or herbs at farmers’ markets and roadside farm stands in Wisconsin during the 2021 season (June to October). The vouchers are distributed on a first come/first serve basis to those age 60 or older, living in Dane County, who have gross incomes under the 185% poverty level: $23,828 per year (or $1,986/month) for a one person household and $32,227 (or $2,686/month) for a two person household. Households can only receive one set of vouchers – regardless of the household size.
Past participants will receive an application in the mail along with instructions for this year’s program. Once we receive and approve your completed application, vouchers will be mailed to you. For those who have never participated in the program and wish to apply, call AAA Dietitian Shannon Gabriel at (608) 261-5678.
“This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Nondiscrimination Statement
To learn more about these community resources or to schedule an appointment, contact Shannon Gabriel, RDN, CDN at (608) 261-5678 or Gabriel.Shannon@countyofdane.com. (This staff position is contracted through NewBridge Madison.)
Nutrition News is a quarterly newsletter published by the AAA to provide Dane County older adults with nutrition information, wellness tips, and other health-related resources. Please see the latest edition below.