The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) along with various local partners, provide nutritious meals for older adults within Ventura County through the Senior Nutrition Program (SNP), which includes Congregate and Home-Delivered Meal (HDM) services. Our meal programs give seniors access to nutritious meals and contribute to maintaining their health, safety, dignity and quality of life. Last year, VCAAA provided a total of 744,115 SNP meals to 5,632 seniors. Nearly 38% (283,114) of these meals were delivered to 1,730 homebound seniors from 11 meal sites throughout the county, mostly using volunteer drivers.
All SNP meals are approved by our Registered Dietitian to meet U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and geared toward the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) and Adequate Intake for vitamins and elements for older, frail adults. These meals provide a minimum of one-third of the DRI and accommodate diabetic and low-sodium diets.
The Senior Nutrition Program is not income based. There’s a suggested donation of $3 per meal, however no eligible individual (60 years and over) will be denied participation because of failure or inability to contribute. This valuable service is sustained with the help of contributions. We are grateful for any contribution made.
To find a local dining site or home-delivered meal program near you, see our list of countywide meal service locations.