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Elderly Nutrition
Providing For The Elderly 
Pasco County Elderly Nutrition is a division of the Pasco County Community Services Department. The division offers both congregate and home delivered meals. Home delivered meals are funded in part by the Older Americans Act (OAA) channeled through the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. www.agingcarefl.org.  These meals are for individuals who are age 60 or over, frail and homebound. Income is not a factor in determining eligibility.
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Pasco's Elderly: The Hidden Hungry

In Pasco County, nearly 15,000 senior citizens are eligible for food stamps but only 2,100 are receiving food stamps. Pasco County Elderly Nutrition feeds 800 senior citizens a day, 5 days a week, but financial funding has been cut. There are currently over 200 home-bound senior citizens on the waiting list for one meal a day.
           

           

      Pasco County Elderly Nutrition
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Enrollment
Enrollment begins by calling our office. Before meals can be delivered, a home visit is necessary to determine eligibility and need for service. There is no charge for the meal, but enrollees of the program can make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of the meal. The meals are preplanned and provide a minimum of 33.3% of the Dietary Reference Intake / Adequate Intake (DRI/AI) for females 70 and over as established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences. There are no optional meal choices available. 

For enrollment information, please see Request for Home Delivery Service. There are eight congregate dining centers throughout the County. Here, an individual can enjoy the meal as well as socialization. These centers are available for anyone over 60 years of age and older, regardless of income. Enrollees of the program can make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of the meal.

Transportation
Pasco County Public Transportation is also available to some of the dining sites. Please see congregate dining locations for the dining site near you. Nutrition education and nutrition counseling are available to all enrollees in the OAA home delivered meals or congregate programs. These services are provided at no cost and are aimed to benefit the enrollee.

Meals on Wheels
The direct customer billed meal service (Meals on Wheels) is for anyone of any age needing a home delivered meal. Elderly Nutrition / Meals on Wheels has been operating this direct customer billed program since 1992. Meals on Wheels afford the individual an opportunity to pay out of pocket and in advance for meal services or for children of seniors to pre-pay for their parents' meals. The Meals on Wheels option especially benefits the younger disabled citizen, regardless of age, who may not be eligible for the Older Americans Act meal program. There is a one time $10 registration fee for one person, $15 for two and the cost per meal is $6. For enrollment information, please see Request for Meals on Wheels. At this time, there are no optional meal choices available. Hot or frozen meals are available and delivered Monday through Friday.