Senior Nutrition Program

Congregate Nutrition

The congregate nutrition meal program at the Department on Aging provides a hot, nutritious meal at the Sylva Senior Café and the Cashiers Senior Center. All meals are approved by a register dietician and meet 1/3 of the recommended daily dietary allowance. Lunch is served 11:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the Department on Aging Heritage Room in Sylva, and Monday through Thursday at the Cashiers Senior Center. These meal sites provide areas for socialization as well as opportunities to participate in activities with the Senior Center such as exercise classes, arts & crafts, bingo, field trips, education seminars, etc.

To qualify for meals through the Home Care Community Block Grant Program (HCCBG), participants must be 60 years of age, complete an application, and meet all guidelines. Private pay meals are available for seniors that do not meet the HCCBG guidelines. Participants must sign up for a meal one day in advance by 3pm to guarantee a meal for the following scheduled day. Congregate Nutrition is closed on holidays and occasionally for bad weather. Weather related closing will be announced on 540 WRGC and WLOS and follow the Jackson County Schools schedule for inclement weather. If Jackson County Schools are closed for inclement weather than the congregate nutrition program will be closed. Delays will not affect the service of meals.

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To sign up for each program call the numbers below or visit each facility:

Sylva Senior Cafe
Heritage Room
100 County Services Park
Sylva, NC 28779
828-586-8562  

Cashiers Senior Center
217 Frank Allen Road
Cashiers NC 28717
828-745-6856

The Department on Aging participates with the USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

http://www.ncagr.gov/fooddist/Nondiscrimination.html

Liquid Supplements

Liquid supplements are available for seniors aged 60 or older who participate in the Meals on Wheels or Senior CAFÉ programs. The liquid supplement recipients are referred to our program by physicians who have recommended this caloric supplement because of decreased appetite or more life threatening illnesses.

Liquid Supplement is also available to others at wholesale cost.

For more information call 828- 631-8041 for eligibility requirements.

Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels Program delivers nutritious meals to the homebound elderly throughout Jackson County to help them maintain their independence in their homes. The meals are delivered by screened volunteers at noon time, Monday through Friday, with weekend meals available for those who have additional needs.

Meals on Wheels are available for homebound seniors aged 60 or older throughout Jackson County who are unable to prepare a meal because of age, medical condition, or other disability, and who have no one available to prepare meals for them. This service is provided without regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, handicap or ability to pay.

The Meals on Wheels Program is closed on holidays and occasionally for bad weather. Weather related closing will be announced on 540 WRGC and WLOS and follow the Jackson County Schools schedule for inclement weather. If Jackson County Schools are closed for inclement weather, Meals on Wheels will be closed. Delays will not affect the service of meals. Shelf stable meals will be sent out to Meals on Wheels clients in advance for the days when meals are not delivered.

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If you or someone you know is in need of Meals on Wheels call the Department on Aging or stop by the facility:

Meals on Wheels
100 County Services Park
Sylva, NC 28779
828-586-8562


Operation AniMeals

Many of our low income seniors live alone and depend on their pets for company as well as a sense of security. Unfortunately, a majority of them are unable to provide nutritious pet food for their companions because their limited income must be used for medicine, utilities, and other bills. Operation AniMeals was developed to provide supplemental pet food for any of our Meals on Wheels clients that would benefit from this program. Funding is provided solely by donations from grants, individuals, churches, and other organizations.

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