A program of Home Instead Senior Care Foundation

Shelf Stable Meals for Minnesota's Older Adults

Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Description of project

In 165 communities throughout Minnesota, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota's Senior Nutrition program provides vital services to seniors age 60 and older. Our meals are important to our clients. According to our most recent customer survey, 78% of our older adults say that our meal is the only nutritious meal they consume on a daily basis.

Without the help of LSS, individuals served through our programs would face incredible challenges related to their health and well-being. Given the critical nature of our Senior Nutrition services, closures of our nutrition centers or our inability to deliver meals to home-bound clients due to Minnesota's unpredictable weather can be detrimental for those we serve (in 2015, we experienced 10 closures).

To ensure our older adults have access to nutritious food during the months of October - March, LSS provides clients with one "Blizzard Box" monthly. Each box contains at least six shelf stable meals that can be easily prepared by the seniors we serve.These shelf-stable meals are a nutrition safety net for our program participants. Through our 2017 give65 campaign, we are hoping to raise philanthropic funds that can be applied to our "Blizzard Box" efforts for this coming season.

By helping program participants to always have access to healthy food options through regular, appropriate nutrition, we aim to: control or improve hunger and nutrition-related conditions such as malnutrition, obesity, diabetes and high-blood pressure; aid in recovery after being discharged from the hospital or a skilled-nursing facility; reduce costly re-occurring or unnecessary hospital admissions or emergency room visits; and prevent premature need for long-term care in skilled-nursing facilities.

Most importantly, the meals provided to Minnesotans through LSS Senior Nutrition programs help older adults in our community to lead healthier, more independent and more active lives.

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