Senior Nutrition Programs and Sustainability: Guide to Prioritizing Clients

Aging network providers face financial and organizational challenges serving the large numbers of people eligible for the Title III-C senior nutrition program under the Older Americans Act (OAA). During the 2020 pandemic, the aging network experienced a surge in demand for services. In addition, the number of older Americans continues to increase. By the year 2030, 20% of the population will be 65 and above. All levels of Title III-C senior nutrition programs are wise to prepare for an increased demand for services. While this emerging circumstance is testing the network’s resiliency to innovate and re-imagine existing programs, expanding populations can have a positive impact.

The network needs tools and partnerships to meet the growing and changing needs of the clientele. A prioritizing system is an important tool when addressing these challenges. This document describes factors a State Unit on Aging (SUA)/Area Agency on Aging (AAA)/Local Service Provider (LSP) should consider in creating a prioritizing process.