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Congregate Meals

Service Description

This program will provide standard meals - regular meals which are derived from the standard menu and served to all of the participants.  The meal will be a hot or other appropriate meal served to an eligible older individual.  Meals must meet 33 1/3 percent of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and comply with the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the Secretary of Agriculture.  Meals must be served in a congregate setting.  The objective is to reduce food insecurity and promote socialization of older individuals.

Menus must be certified as meeting 1/3 DRI by a registered dietician and submitted to DAAA prior to serving.  Menus, certifications and approved substitution lists must be developed, utilized and maintained on-file according to the standards set forth in Program Instruction 314 (AAA-PI 314) issued by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).

Each Congregate Meal recipient must receive a qualified Nutrition Education session, at least annually.  A valid Nutritional Risk Assessment must be on-file for each eligible person receiving a meal for each date of service.

Explain the program’s plan for providing Nutrition Education to each participant, at least annually. (1,000 character limit, text)
Provide a statement verifying your organization’s compliance with 40 TAC § 85.201(k) forbidding you to require a membership for participation in the nutrition program. Note strategies employed to ensure eligible persons are aware that membership to your organization/facility/group is not a requirement for participation.

In Program Narrative:
Training plan overview provided as your response to Program Narrative item C.2.d. must include: CPR, First Aid, AED operation (if Automatic External Defibrillator is on-site), Orientation, Food Safety Training, Kitchen Management Certification, and kitchen supervisor training outlined in 40 TAC § 85.302(o) 3-4, at a minimum.

As an attachment:
Provide a statement from a registered dietitian certifying that the full menu cycle that includes the October 1, 2015 meal service complies with Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) requirements as outlined in Program Instruction 314 (AAA-PI 314) issued by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).

The certification must state whether compliance was evaluated using the Computer Nutrient Analysis Software standards or the Texas Model for Menu Planning standards, and must include the dietitian’s signature, Texas license or CDR registration number, and the date the menus were approved.

Service Category: Congregate Meals

Unit of Service: One Meal

Texas Administrative Code(s):


81.13 81.15
81.19 85.201
85.302 85.309

Title 40, Part 1

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