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ACL Awards Cooperative Agreements to Support Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services

May 18, 2023

ACL is happy to announce that 12 Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services (INNU) grants were awarded for the 2023 grant year to achieve the goals of the Older American Act (OAA) Title III-C Nutrition Services program. OAA-funded senior nutrition programs work to reduce food insecurity, hunger, and malnutrition; enhance socialization; and promote health and well-being of older adults. By assisting aging Americans in gaining access to nutrition and other disease prevention and health promotion services, programs help to delay the onset of adverse health conditions resulting from poor nutritional health or sedentary behavior.

For year one, six community research grantees were given a total of $3,319,084 in funding. Research grants are intended to increase our collective knowledge about nutrition, effective interventions, and evidence-based models for delivering nutrition programs at the community level. In addition to demonstrating the impact of services on participants, research grant projects establish well-documented approaches to the intervention to ensure that if an intervention demonstrates positive outcomes, it can be replicated by the OAA Title III-C Nutrition Services network.

Six program replication grantees were awarded a total of $813,557 for the first year to replicate and sustain previously successful grant models with diverse populations. Projects include addressing community-based malnutrition, revitalizing congregate meal sites, and addressing elevated suicide risk/mental health distress through volunteer training.

Research and replication grant projects establish equitable approaches to reaching their target populations and align with the OAA by targeting services to underserved older adults with greatest social and economic need, to permit such individuals to remain in home and community-based settings.

Community Research Grantees

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IL) 
  • Allegheny County (PA)
  • Community Market of Pottawatomie County (OK)
  • Georgia State University (GA)
  • New York City Department for the Aging (NY) 
  • University of Connecticut (CT)

Replication Grantees

  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. (FL)
  • Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DE)
  • Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living (KY)
  • MetroHealth System (OH)
  • Project Open Hand (CA)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)

Last modified on 05/18/2023

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