Step By Step Guide For Senior Nutrition Programs Seeking to Work with Food Retailers

Senior nutrition programs are uniquely positioned to adapt, ideate, and succeed in engaging traditional and untraditional partners to meet the evolving nutrition needs of the older adults that they serve. As senior nutrition programs continue to engage with older adults in need, serve new audiences, strive to maintain competitiveness, and offer increased meal choice to their clients, partnering with food retailers proves an important opportunity to leverage the thousands of pounds of surplus perishable foods available within local food systems, available to be turned into meals for senior nutrition program participants.

This step by step guide provides an approach to engaging senior nutrition program staff, identifying key food retail partners and developing a partnership to provide meal options to community-residing older adults. A handy list of Do’s and Don’ts is included as well.