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About Us

The Nutrition and Aging Resource Center is funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL). Its purpose is to build the capacity of senior nutrition programs funded by the Older Americans Act (OAA) to provide high-quality, person-centered services and to assist the ACL and stakeholders in identifying current and emerging issues and opportunities that enhance program sustainability and resiliency. The center's website is designed for OAA Title III-C senior nutrition programs. 

For information on services for Native Americans (OAA Title VI), visit ACL’s Title VI page or


Program and Center Goals

The intent of ACL's senior nutrition program is to reduce food insecurity, hunger, and malnutrition; enhance socialization; and promote the health and well-being of older adults. To support the development and expansion of these programs, the Nutrition and Aging Resource Center supports the national aging network, former and future Innovations in Nutrition (INNU) grantees, and other OAA stakeholder organizations by:

  1. Offering high-quality resources and education for the senior nutrition program network to develop impactful, cost-effective, and person-centered services that align with the purposes of the OAA Title III-C.
  2. Providing impactful and responsive technical assistance to ACL and INNU grantees.
  3. Acting as an advocate for nutrition programs to ensure the network’s strength and sustainability.

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    Meet the Team

    The Nutrition and Aging Resource Center is currently operated by the Iowa Department on Aging via a cooperative agreement with ACL. It was formerly operated by Meals on Wheels America from 2011-2020.

    Alexandra Bauman, RD, LDN, Director of the Nutrition & Aging Resource Center, Iowa Department on Aging
    Ashley Danielson, RD, LDN, Nutrition Coordination Director, Iowa Department on Aging
    Denita DeRaad, CAFS, 3DMAPS, Administrative Assistant, Iowa Department on Aging
    Sarah Francis, PhD, MHS, RD, Associate Professor, Iowa State University
    Elizabeth Fridley, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Director, Iowa Department on Aging
    Erin Hoisington, RDN, LD, Nutrition & Aging Content Director, Iowa Department on Aging
    Caroline McKinney, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, Nutrition Innovation Director, Iowa Department on Aging
    Bambi Press, RD, LDN, Healthy Aging Director, Iowa Department on Aging
    Catherine Rudolph, MS, RD, LDN, PhD Candidate, Iowa State University
    Savannah Schultz, MS, RD, PhD Candidate, Iowa State University
    Marissa Vance, MAC, Communications Manager, Iowa Department on Aging

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    About ACL

    ACL logo markACL was created around the fundamental principle that older adults, and people of all ages with disabilities, should be able to live independently and fully participate in their communities. By advocating across the federal government for older adults, people with disabilities, and families and caregivers; funding services and supports provided by networks of community-based organizations; and investing in research, education, and innovation, ACL helps make this principle a reality for millions of Americans. Learn more

    Last modified on 07/12/2023

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