2008 Senior Nutrition Task Force


Minnesota's Senior Nutrition Program supports the statewide provision of nutrition services to adults age 60 and older through intrastate allocations of federal and state funding. These services currently include home delivered meals, congregate dining, nutrition education and counseling. Since the establishment of the Nutrition Program, many societal and economic changes have taken place that create the need for adjustments to the program. Key aspects of these adjustments include service and targeting priorities and their implications for procurement and contracting.


The policies of the Senior Nutrition Program should be brought into alignment with the revised State Plan on Aging (FFY2009-2012). The forces shaping the nutrition needs and preferences of current and future older adults, as well as the impact on the Senior Nutrition Program, must be reviewed. The current focus on at-risk, frail individuals needs to be analyzed in conjunction with the need to either deliver food to frail persons or to transport the people to the food. To provide this review and address the societal and economic changes, a Nutrition Task Force composed of Board members, representatives of Area Agencies on Aging, providers and consumers from diverse areas was established. The Task Force will recommend to the Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) the service and targeting priorities and any policy changes that may be needed.

Expected Outcomes

  1. Updated Senior Nutrition Priorities and Directions, 2009-2012.
  2. Recommendation report to the Board.
  3. Completion of the Senior Nutrition Study.


The Nutrition Task Force is composed of members of the Minnesota Board on Aging, representatives of the Area Agencies on Aging and nutrition services providers. See member list.


The Task Force will be sponsored by the Minnesota Board on Aging. Task Force meetings will be professionally facilitated by The Milestone Group.  The Senior Nutrition Study will be conducted by The Milestone Group with consumer input provided using the results of the 2007 Nutrition Program Participant Survey, focus groups or interviews, and other methods as needed.

Meeting Notes and Materials

The Task Force will meet four times through the end of 2008. Each meeting will take place in St. Cloud. Listed below are the meeting dates, times and locations. Notes and materials for each meeting are attached below as they are finalized.

Task Force Meeting 1

Whitney Senior Center
July 15, 2008
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Task Force Meeting 2

American Heritage National Bank
2915 2nd Street South
September 16, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Task Force Meeting 3

Whitney Senior Center
October 10, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Task Force Meeting 4

Whitney Senior Center
November 7, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Task Force Meeting

Whitney Senior Center
December 15, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Task Force Final Report
February 2009

If you have any questions regarding the Senior Nutrition Task Force, please contact Kari Benson, MBA staff, at 651-431-2566 or kari.benson@state.mn.us.