New Issue Brief on Nutritional Quality of Meals

November 6, 2017

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is conducting a three-part evaluation of its Title III-C Nutrition Services Program (NSP), which promotes access to nutritious meals, facilitates social contact, supports family caregivers and helps older adults maintain dignity in their homes and communities. The Process Evaluation Report and the Meal Cost Study Report were released in 2015 and the Client Outcome Study: Part I, was released in July.

ACL has now released an issue brief titled: Nutritional Quality of Congregate and Home-Delivered Meals Offered in the Title III-C Nutrition Services Program: An Examination Utilizing the Healthy Eating Index Tool.

The brief describes the nutritional quality of congregate and home-delivered meals offered through the Nutrition Services Program and examines their compliance with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which were in effect at the time of the data collection. This brief elaborates on how the Healthy Eating Index (HEI)-2010 was used to assess the nutritional quality of the congregate and home-delivered meals and the meals compliance with the key recom­mendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.


Visit Nutrition Services for more information about this program. For more materials about the evaluation of Title III-C Nutrition Services, see the section under "Ongoing Studies" on ACL's Program Evaluations and Reports page.

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