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Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Faith in Action volunteers enjoy delivering meals to seniors in Cass County.

Every year since 1973, March has been a month to appreciate and celebrate how good nutrition positivity affects Americans.

Join the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Meals on Wheels America, and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Programs in celebrating National Nutrition Month by learning about and sharing information with your friends and neighbors about local food and nutrition resources.

ACL's theme for the 2018 National Nutrition Month Observation is: "The meal is only part of the equation." ACL is very supportive of the Older Adults Act (OAA) nutrition program, because good nutritional intake plays a vital role in maintaining an older adult's health and supporting independence.

The OAA nutrition program is the largest federally funded nutrition program exclusively for seniors and it provides participants much more than just a meal.

Nutrition resources for older adults can be found at Lutheran Social Services (LSS) and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (LLBO) congregate dining sites and with Meals on Wheels programs operating out of Walker, Pine River, Onigum, Bena and Cass Lake. Meals are served daily on weekdays.

For seniors unable to get to congregate dining sites, the Meals on Wheels program can be delivered to your home. The LSS and LLBO programs provide hot, nutritious meals locally to homebound individuals.

Meals on Wheels delivery of frozen meals to remote parts of Cass County can be provided by Faith in Action volunteers who coordinate delivery routes every other week to Oak Point, Federal Dam, Remer, Longville, Outing, Hackensack and Backus.

Families can find nutrition resources at local food shelves. The USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as Food Stamps, helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for nutritious and well-balanced meals. These programs provide support to help stretch a household's food budget.

For information on where to find food and nutrition resources in your community, contact Cass County Health Human and Veterans Services at 218-547-1340 or Faith in Action for Cass County at 218-675-5435 or check out the Faith in Action website at