Senior Nutrition Education

Your complete guide to nutrition and health information on Federal Government Websites. The USDA Commodity Food Network (CFN) is the first ever one-stop Federal website that provides direct access to all of the services and resources available for USDA Commodity Food Distribution Programs including the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Healthy Eating for Seniors
Healthline's Healthy Eating For Seniors discusses a well-balanced diet, age-related changes, maintaining a healthy diet, healthcare support, and signs of malnutrition in older adults. Healthline provides top-quality health information, with all content undergoing rigorous editorial review by a team of doctors.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) provides science-based advice on what to eat and drink to promote health, reduce risk of chronic diseases, and meet nutrient needs throughout the lifespan.  The USDA and the US Department of Health and Human Services update the DGAs every 5 years to align with current scientific and medical knowledge.

Choose My Plate
MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters.The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health.

National Institute on Aging
A senior-friendly website from the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine. This simple-to-use website features popular health topics for older adults. It has large type and a “talking” function that reads text out loud.

The gateway to government food safety information.
The gateway to government recall information.

Other Nutrition, Health and Assistance Programs

Farmers Market Resources
A resource for those with an interest in buying fresh fruits and vegetables directly from a farmer or grower.  Seniors who qualify can obtain vouchers to exchange at farmers market locations that participate in the program.

Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging
An association that works with seniors to provide nutrition education, nutritional foods, financial information, and other health resources.

The gateway to information about the various income maintenance and self-sufficiency programs administered by the Missouri Department of Social Services, including food stamps, food distribution programs, temporary assistance, Medicaid and others.

Feeding America
Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Each year, the Feeding America network provides food assistance to more than 25 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including more than nine million children and nearly three million seniors. Our network of more than 200 food banks serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Feeding America network secures and distributes more than two billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually. Find the Feeding America food bank that serves your local community through the Food Bank Locator on this site.

Feeding America Food Banks in Missouri

Harvesters is the community's response to hunger. We've been helping people in need since 1979. Our network includes more than 620 nonprofit agencies throughout our 26-county direct service area, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. Our network provides food assistance to as many as 66,000 different people each week.

Ozarks Food Harvest
Founded in 1983, Ozarks Food Harvest (OFH) is the only food bank in southwest Missouri, serving more than 300 nonprofit hunger relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank reaches more than 155,000 individuals and distributes 8.5 million pounds of food annually—made possible due to its Network of charities and direct-relief programs such as the Weekend Backpack Program™, After-School Food Program, and the Mobile Food Pantry™ program.

The Food Bank
The Food Bank has been sharing food and bringing hope to hungry people for nearly 30 years. Our success can be attributed to the support we receive from generous donors, sponsors and friends like you. Through empowerment, education and partnership The Food Bank brings together community resources to feed people in need.

St. Louis Area Foodbank
The St. Louis Area Foodbank began its service to the community in 1975. Today, we continue to be an organization that relies on the generosity of others to make a difference in the lives of those in need of food assistance. Since that time, we've grown to become the Bi-State region’s largest non-profit 501(c)(3) food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need.

Southeast Missouri Food Bank
Southeast Missouri Food Bank serves sixteen counties of Southeast Missouri through over 150 nonprofit hunger relief agencies. Member agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters for the abused and homeless, senior citizen programs, low-income children’s programs and non-profit rehabilitation facilities.