The goal of the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging Online Library website (“Online Library”) is to facilitate public access to resources which relate to senior nutrition, demonstrate the value of senior nutrition services and will educate interested individuals and assist professionals working in related fields in modernizing and improving the provision of and access to these services. The Online Library shall be used solely for personal, educational, professional and non-commercial purposes. By using the Online Library, you (“User(s)”) accept and agree to abide by these Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all of these Terms of Use, do not use the Online Library.

General Use of the Collection

The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging is the owner of the compilation of content, including text, video, design, databases, software (collectively “Content”) posted on the Online Library. However, the National Resource Center is not necessarily the owner of each component of the Online Library. Some Content is in the public domain and some Content is protected by third party rights, such as copyright, trademark, rights of publicity, privacy, and contractual restrictions.

Much of the Content made available via the Online Library is in the public domain, and therefore is not under any copyright restrictions.  Where copyright is a concern, the National Resource Center will seek to use reasonable efforts to ensure that information about the publisher and author is available and accurate but is not obligated to do so.

Users may make “fair use” of the Content as defined by copyright law. For more information on the United States copyright fair use law, please contact the United States Copyright Office or go to: Users shall be solely responsible for determining whether a use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from such use. Users are also solely responsible for contacting the author regarding any use or reproduction of copyrighted materials or about reproduction or reuse of linked resources.

Additionally, the Online Library provides links to a number of documents and articles published on external websites. Users shall understand that information published on such sites is not part of the “” domain, and therefore, may be subject to copyright or other restrictions beyond the rights information provided in the Online Library. Users are responsible for contacting the publishing organization or other responsible entity directly with any questions about reproduction or reuse of linked resources.

Because of the nature of online collections, it is sometimes difficult to determine the original copyright owners of a specific work. If you find materials on the Online Library for which you believe you or others own the copyright, please contact us at [email protected] or 703-548-5558. Upon request, we will remove documents from public view while rights issues are being determined.

Reproduction, Reuse and Distribution Permissions

We do not require Users to contact us if they intend to copy, distribute or use documents and materials available via the Online Library, provided they adhere to the guidelines contained herein. However, we do appreciate hearing from individuals who make use of our collections – please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 703-548-5558 to let us know what parts of the collection you find most valuable.

Public Domain Resources

There are no copyright restrictions on original works hosted in this library which are labeled as “Public Domain.” You have the right to copy, distribute and use this material in any way that you see fit – though we ask that, as a best practice, you attribute the work to the appropriate author and publisher.

Resources Published by the National Resource Center

Documents which list the “National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging” as the publisher are protected by copyright. Online Library Users are granted permission to download, copy, share and distribute these resources (“Permitted Use”) provided:

  • Their sole use is for research and education, non-profit and non-commercial purposes.
  • The content of the document is not changed or altered.
  • The document is properly attributed to the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging.

Any use of resources published by the National Resource Center that is not a Permitted Use is unauthorized. Any potential unauthorized use of such resources shall required advance written authorization by the National Resource Center. For such approvals, or if you have questions about how to properly cite or provide attribution for a specific document, please contact us at [email protected].

Copyrighted Resources Published by Other Entities

The National Resource Center has obtained permission to host, distribute and/or link to a number of documents and resources published by other entities and organizations, which are still under copyright and which are protected under Title 17, United States Code. This permission does not necessarily extend to similar use by others, and interested individuals should contact the copyright holder directly to obtain permission to further distribute such materials.

Please note that “fair use” provisions generally allow for copyrighted material to be used for activities such as:

  • Non-commercial and non-profit study, research or teaching
  • Criticism, commentary, or news reporting
  • As a preservation or security copy

If an Online Library User makes use of a document in a manner that is not lawful, or which is a violation of copyright restrictions or these Terms of Use, the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging may restrict future access to the Online Library, and shall not be liable for any copyright infringement or damages that may accrue from such use. That responsibility falls solely on the User.


Certain trademarks, logos, names, titles or service marks that appear on the Online Library website are the property of Meals On Wheels America, the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or the Administration on Aging. Unless you have a separate license or other permissions to do so, you may not use the registered or common law trademarks or logos of Meals On Wheels America, the National Resource Center or the Administration on Aging.

Linking to the Online Library

Users are welcome and encouraged to link to the Online Library and to individual library resources. If you would like to share a specific document or resource, we request that you link to the Online Library page containing the Author, Publisher and other bibliographic information about the resource, rather than sharing the “direct-download” link to the PDF, Word or other file.

Users who do link to the Online Library must not present the link in a manner that suggests that the National Resource Center has any relationship or affiliation with their website or in any way states or implies an endorsement of the site or any products or services.

While it is not necessary to ask permission to link to the Online Library, if you are listing this site in an online directory or other resource-centric page, we would love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] to let us know where we have been listed.

Usage and Disclaimers

By using the Online Library, User accepts and agrees to these Terms of Use, as may be amended from time to time, and represents and warrants that his/her usage will be consistent with these Terms of Use. The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging strives to provide Content (either directly or through links to third party sites) containing accurate, high quality information on a number of technical topics. However, the National Resource Center may not be able to verify the accuracy and quality of all Content on the Online Library and is under no obligation to do so. The documents and links included in the Online Library are provided to Users for informational purposes, in accordance with this goal. Accordingly, User agrees and accepts that the Content is provided “as is” and “as available” without a warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular use, and/or non-infringement. The National Resource Center does warrant that the use of the Online Library will be uninterrupted or error-free, and makes no warranty as to the availability, accuracy, timelines, correctness, reliability, currency or completeness of the Content contained in the Online Library. The National Resource Center shall not be responsible or liable for any damages that may occur by User or any third party due to use of the Online Library Website, mislabeling of materials as in the public domain, or downloading any Content from the Online Library.

Content and links which provide information related to health, nutrition and wellness are not intended for use in the diagnosis or treatment of an illness, condition, health problem, or as a substitute for advice from a qualified professional.

Content and links which provide information related to policies and procedures are provided as examples and for reference only. They are not a substitute for advice from a qualified legal, policy or regulatory expert. Additionally, applicable requirements may vary based on differences in state and local laws, and, for example, based on regulations specific to a particular population served or type of operation.

References to any external organization, product, service or source of information should not be considered an endorsement, either direct or implied, by the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging, nor by Meals On Wheels America.

User agrees to indemnify and hold the National Resource Center and Meals On Wheels America harmless from all claims, causes of action, costs, expenses, judgments, liabilities, losses or damages that arise from User’s usage of the Online Library. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER OR MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA BE LIABLE TO USER FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR ANY OTHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR SPECIAL DAMAGES RELATED TO THE USE OF THE ONLINE LIBRARY OR THE DOCUMENTS OR CONTENT CONTAINED IN THE ONLINE LIBRARY COLLECTION.

The National Resource Center retains all intellectual property rights to the Online Library and all associated software, systems, documentation and related materials. The Online Library, including, but not limited to, its subject-category-based organizational scheme and database structure and content, is protected by a compilation copyright. Users are not permitted to use information obtained from the Online Library to prepare a database or other comparable compilation of information. Systematic access and extraction of Online Library content for such purposes is prohibited.

These Terms of Use and any amendments or revisions shall be governed by applicable Federal law and the laws of the District of Columbia without regard to conflicts of law principles. Any case, controversy, suit, action or proceeding arising out of, in connection with, or otherwise related to these Terms of Use shall be brought in a Court of proper jurisdiction in the District of Columbia. The National Resource Center reserves the right to update and modify these Terms of Use at any time without notice to User. Continued usage of the Online Library means User accepts such revised Terms of Use. The failure of the National Resource Center to enforce any of these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such Term of Use.

If you find objectionable material in the Online Library Collection, or on any linked pages, please contact us at [email protected] or 703-548-5558 with the URL (Web address) of the page, your name, and brief statement explaining your objection. We will review your message and respond accordingly.