The Nutrition Services Program Outcomes Evaluation (Fact Sheet)

Publisher: Cambridge, MA: Mathematica Policy Research
Sep 27, 2017
Authors
James Mabli and Liz Gearan

Key Findings:

  • Congregate meal participants had greater food security and higher levels of socialization than nonparticipants
  • Congregate and home-delivered meal participants had higher diet quality than nonparticipants
  • Program meals made substantial contributions to participants’ diets

The Administration on Aging, within the Administration for Community Living at the Department of Health and Human Services, plays a vital role in ensuring the needs of older adults are met through the Nutrition Services Program (NSP). The NSP is designed to alleviate hunger and food insecurity among older adults while also giving them the opportunity to enrich their social lives. This fact sheet summarizes findings from the NSP outcomes evaluation, which described participants’ characteristics and their impressions of the program meals and services. The evaluation also estimated the program’s impact on participants’ food security, socialization, and diet quality.