Meals, Nutrition Programs & Physical Activity
ARC works with partners throughout the region to support and implement programs and services that help seniors eat healthy and active.
Senior Centers throughout the Atlanta Region offer a wide variety of fitness programs. Classes are designed for people of all fitness levels and specifically to meet the needs of older adults. Senior Centers have everything from line dancing to yoga and from Zumba to Pilates.
Home Delivered Meals
Home Delivered Meals are provided mainly to individuals aged 60 and older that are homebound. Like Congregate Meals, the lunchtime meal delivered to the home represents one third of the USDA recommended daily allowance from the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet. Nutrition related services including nutrition education and screening, nutrition assessment, and counseling as appropriate may also be provided. Spouses of any age may participate in the home-delivered nutrition program. Services may be available to individuals with disabilities who are under age 60 if they reside at home with the homebound older adult. Home delivered meals are often the first service an older adult receives and may open the door for other home and community based services.
Congregate services provide nutritionally balanced meals at lunchtime representing one third of the USDA recommended daily allowance from the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet and related nutrition services to older adults in a variety of community settings including senior centers. Nutrition related services at meal sites include nutrition education and screening, nutrition assessment, and counseling as appropriate. Congregate meals also allow individuals, who may otherwise be isolated, an opportunity to socialize with their peers. Meals are usually available to older adults in a group setting at least five days per week.
Healthy eating is important for every population. But, it’s even more important for the older adult.
At each senior center, a monthly nutrition education session created by a team of registered dietitians is given. As part of the Home Delivered Meals Program, the home bound population also receieves the benefit of nutrition education.
Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
Contact AgeWise Connection or your local county based aging program for more information on these programs.
The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program provides low-income seniors who are at least 60 years old with check booklets that can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown in the state of Georgia by local farmers that have been certified.
The Atlanta Regional Commission, Area Agency on Aging administers the program through a partnership with Georgia’s Department of Aging Services and the State Department of community Health. The checks which includes two checks redeemable for $10 each are distributed locally, once per year during the months of June-September, through a network of community organizations and senior centers on a first come first served basis. There are a very limiten number of vouchers. The SFMNP is not available in all 10 counties.
Locate Your Local Senior Center and County based aging program:
Cherokee County Senior Services 770.345.2675
Clayton County Aging Program 770.603.4050
Cobb Senior Services 770.528.5355
Dekalb County Office of Senior Affairs 770.322.2950
Douglas County Senior Services 770.489.3100
Fayette Senior Services 770.461.0813
Fulton County Office of Aging 404.613.6000
Gwinnett County Senior Services 678.377.4150
Henry County Senior Citizen Services 770.288.7001
Rockdale County Senior Services 770.278.7230
USDA - Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program