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Aging Nutrition

The Aging Nutrition program provides meals, socialization, and nutrition education and counseling to adults age 60 and over. These services are provided in 200+ congregate settings (such as senior centers or senior housing), as well as to homebound older adults in all 95 Tennessee counties.  Good nutrition is critical to supporting independent and healthy aging. Many barriers can keep older adults from maintaining good nutrition, including lack of financial resources, poor transportation options, limited mobility, declining physical and mental health, and social isolation. Trained volunteers can either help to serve meals to seniors at congregate meal sites, or they can volunteer as drivers who deliver meals for our home delivered meals program.  Volunteers are invaluable to the Aging Nutrition Programs statewide.  It is an excellent way to serve older adults right in your own community.

How do I become a volunteer?

Once you reach out to us for more information, someone from your local area’s nutrition program will contact you with step by step instructions on completing your volunteer application and getting started. You will be asked for permission for the agency to complete a personal background check to ensure safety for our clients.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer. You can volunteer alone, or as a part of a group.

Who cannot volunteer?

After the completion of a background check, anyone can volunteer. You can volunteer alone, or as a part of a group.

Where can people volunteer?

We have over 200 meal sites statewide, so you can choose which site works best for you and your schedule. Search for a congregate meal site near you.

Who do I contact for more information?

To find out more about volunteering at your local nutrition site, please email Lacey Aviles at lacey.aviles@tn.gov.