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Looking to Innovate!

Find out how Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services (INNU) grantees are successfully improving participant well-being and creating cost-savings for programs. Learn how to replicate these projects in your own community!


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Looking to start your own innovative project? Take a look at what past and current INNU
grantees are doing and use the replication guides to get started.

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At the end of an INNU grant, the grantee organization creates a Capstone Project to help others replicate their work. The Capstone Projects are meant to inspire and provide a “how-to” guide to make innovation easy to implement for all.

Technology Solution

Improving Nutrition and Health of Rural Older Adults Following Hospital Discharge

Improved nutrition and health through AI technology, meals, and nutrition counseling following hospital discharge.

Connecting Seniors to Care: Implementing Amazon Alexa Technology into the Homes of Meals on Wheels Clients

Investigated the ways Amazon Alexa technology can support the social determinants of health together with Meals on Wheels deliveries to improve health outcomes, reduce isolation, and provide innovations to support the principles of aging in place.

Improving Client Service Through Advanced Data-Card Technology

Deployed AI-enabled speakers into homes to increase nutrition access.

Modernizing Home-Delivered Meals Through Frozen Meals and a Web-Based App

Developed meal delivery software application for the aging population at risk of food insecurity.

East Harlem Village: Fostering Cross-Sector Partnerships and Raising Community Voices to Address Food Insecurity and Social Isolation Among Older Adults in NYC

Established a technology-based network of services to address food insecurity and social isolation.

 Malnutrition and Food Insecurity 

Tackling Malnutrition Through a Statewide Delivery System

Introduced evidence-based practices and innovative meals to expand services to the aging population.

Offering Nutrition-Focused Diabetes Self-Management

Improved health outcomes and reduced health care costs for the aging population with Type 2 diabetes.

Increasing Use of Community-Based Resources by Food-Insecure Seniors

Designed a closed-loop referral system to increase accessibility to community-based resources for food insecure patients.

Your Health, Your Way, Your Table

Implementation of an Improved Collaborative Malnutrition-Focused Transitions of Care and Referral Process Based on Identified Gaps between Healthcare Entities and Aging Services

Enhanced community malnutrition transitions of care for recently discharged home-delivered meal recipients at risk for malnutrition through interventions provided through registered dietitian nutritionists home visitations.

SixtyPLUS: How Meals-on-Wheels Redefines Population Health

Partnered with local fire/EMS departments, combined registered dietitian services with home-delivered meals, and implemented the Home Care Frailty Scale.

Health Care Partnerships

Assessing Malnutrition Risk through a Home Visitation Program

Explored health outcomes of recently discharged home-delivered meal recipients at risk of malnutrition.

Addressing Ability to Eat with Modified Meals

Improved the effectiveness of home-delivered meals to promote oral health and dental care.

WeCare ServicesTM Personal Health Nursing for Seniors Receiving Title III Home-Delivered Meals

Improved the health and well-being of homebound seniors.

Congregate and Café Dining

Collaborating with Community Partners on a Congregate Meal Delivery Model

Created the “Encore Cafe” to increase congregate meal program participation.

Increasing Choice Through a Flexible, Technology-Driven Meal Program

Increased confidence and decreased social isolation for meal site participants by providing flexibility in how and where they dine.

Texas Congregate Meal Initiative

Modernized local congregate programs through a learning collaborative model to improve well-being, expand benefits, and impact older Texans’ health outcomes.

Improving Heart Health Through Diet, Education, and Self-Efficacy

Combined educational, social, behavioral, and nutrition interventions (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension [DASH] diet) to decrease blood pressure throughout congregate meal sites.

The Iowa Cafe: AAA and Restaurant Partnerships

Established restaurant partnerships to modernize congregate meal infrastructure, delivery mechanisms and outreach, increasing the number of consumers and meals served.

Mental Health

Supporting Older Adults at Risk of Suicide Through Nutrition Services

Created a suicide intervention program for nutrition services volunteers to support the aging population with elevated suicide risk or mental health distress.


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Last modified on 04/19/2024

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