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Date: Mar 16, 2018

By Ingrid Beardsley, RD, LDN, Nutrition Program Manager, Baltimore County Department of Aging

How can a meal program do more than just serve a meal? The Baltimore County Eating Together Program is on the frontlines to improve older adults’ overall well-being and reduce isolation and malnutrition.

After leaving our meal program, appetites are not the only thing satisfied. Participants walk away with full hearts from socializing, full minds from health/nutrition education, and full bodies from nutrient-packed meals.

Increased socialization is one of the additional benefits of meal programs like Eating Together, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. Eighty-three percent of individuals reported they have more friends now than before they started visiting the meal program. Participants like attending so they can speak with their friends, meet new friends, and leave their homes for a little while each day.

Each meal provides one third of the daily nutrition requirements and is approved by a Registered Dietitian.

The survey found that 70% of participants said their knowledge of good nutrition has increased and more than half said their health improved since they started attending the program.

More Reasons to Join

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Learn about healthy eating.
  • Obtain a break from cooking and doing dishes.
  • Save on grocery bills.
  • Delight in the meals.
  • Discover what is happening in the senior center/community.
  • It’s easier than cooking for one person.

How to Join Eating Together

Residents ages 60 and over and their spouses of any age are eligible to participate, and are asked to make a voluntary, confidential donation. The suggested donation is $2.50 per meal.

Seniors looking for healthy food, nutrition education and social interaction can learn more about Baltimore County’s Eating Together Program at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/eatingtogether or call 410-887-3052.

Eating Together -- a one-stop way to meet nutritional needs and make some new friends along the way.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017