Special Programs for the Aging_Title III, Part C_Nutrition Services

To provide grants to States to support nutrition services including nutritious meals, nutrition education and other appropriate nutrition services for older Americans in order to maintain health, independence and quality of life.

Meals may be served in a congregate setting or delivered to the
home, if the older individual is homebound.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - Regional Administrator, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Offices.

(See Appendix IV of the Catalog.)
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

Fifty-six grants were made to States and related jurisdictions in fiscal year 2006. It is estimated that 56 grant awards will be made in fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Congregate and home delivered meals improved nutritional status, decreased the risk of disease and disability, and helped maintain physical and mental functions to millions of older Americans.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Local projects must provide a hot or other appropriate meal which complies with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and provides one-third of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI), at least once per day, five or more days per week, except in rural areas where a lesser frequency is determined feasible, to eligible people aged 60 and over and their spouses.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only States and U.S.

Territories which have State Agencies on Aging designated by the governors are eligible to receive these grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Older individuals aged 60 and over and their spouses, especially those older individuals with the greatest social need or those with the greatest economic need, and in certain cases, under age 60, if the individual is handicapped or disabled and resides with an older individual.


Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Part 92 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is subject only to the State Plan Consolidation Section of E.O.


State plans are covered under this Section, but intergovernmental consultation review is excluded.

Application Procedures

Consult the appropriate Regional Office for State Plan instructions.

Award Procedures

The Administration on Aging awards funds through a statutory formula.


Funds are awarded to State Agencies on Aging based on the Federal fiscal year.


Older Americans Act of 1965, Parts A and C, Public Law 89-73, as amended; Public Law 90-42, 81 Stat. 106; Public Law 91-69, 85 Stat. 108; Public Law 92-258, 86 Stat. 88; Public Law 93-29, 87 Stat. 301; Public Law 93-351, 88 Stat. 357; Public Law 94-135, 89 Stat. 713; Public Law 95-65, 91 Stat. 269; Public Law 95-478, 92 Stat. 513; Public Law 97-115, 95 Stat. 1595; Public Law 98-459, 98 Stat. 1767; Title III, Part C, Public Law 100-175; Public Law 100-628; 42 U.S.C. 3030e-3030g; Public Law 102-375; Public 106-501.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

States are entitled to these grants by statute.


Appeals are processed in accordance with the HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 1321, and Section 2112 of Title 28, U.S.C.


State Plans are submitted for a 2-, 3-, or 4-year period, with annual revisions as necessary.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Formula grants are 85 percent Federal and 15 percent nonfederal. The nonfederal contribution may be in the form of cash or in-kind contributions, including plant, equipment, or services.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


SF 269 Financial Status Report (Semi-annual) and the annual Program Performance Report.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of State and Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.


Records must be kept available for 3 years after submission of the final expenditure report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) Congregate Nutrition Services: FY 07 $398,919,000; FY 08 est $383,401,000; and FY 09 est $383,401,000. Home Delivered Nutrition Services: FY 07 $188,305,000; FY 08 est $180,998,000; and FY 09 $180,998,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Congregate Nutrition Services: $240,408 to $34,919,214; $6,854,641. Home-Delivered Nutrition Services: $113,260 to $18,372,773; $3,236,006.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 92 and 45 CFR 1321.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Regional Administrator, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Offices. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog.)

Headquarters Office

Bob Hornyak, Office for Community-Based Services, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC 20001; Telephone: (202) 357-0150. E-mail: Robert.Hornyak@aoa.hhs.gov. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Non-competitive. State grants are awarded based on approval of a State plan.

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