Key Takeaways

  • Participation in congregate meal programs has steadily dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors, but these programs are more important than ever.

  • Understanding the preferences and behaviors of older adults and ways to create a welcoming environment can boost program participation.

  • Learn more about how to bring in more congregate meal program participants by joining our Sept. 29 webinar.

Participation in congregate meal programs has steadily declined—due to the COVID-19 pandemic and participants “aging out,” among other factors—but these programs have never been more important. 

Join NCOA and the U.S. Administration for Community Living's Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs (ONHPP) for this webinar for tips on boosting program participation.

Among the topics you'll hear about:

  • Undertanding the behaviors and preferences of older adults and congregate nutrition sites
  • How to create a welcoming environment at a congregate nutrition site
  • Ways to increase program participation


  • Ramsey Alwin, President and CEO of the National Council on Aging
  • Stacy Dye, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Insights and Analysis, RDI Sightline
  • Jennifer Steele, Chief Excutive Officer, Meals on Wheels Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky, Meals on Wheels
  • Jeff Klein, President and CEO, Nevada Senior Services
  • Mary Jo McKay, Nutrition and Wellness Manager, Aging Services Department, Hillsborough County, Florida
  • Dianne Stone, Associate Director of Network Services and Engagement, Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Center and NISC, NCOA
  • Kathy Wilson-Gold, Nutrition Contractor, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs, Administration for Community Living

Register today!