Senior Nutrition Program

The Senior Nutrition Program provides a nutritious meal to persons age 60+ and/or the spouse of someone 60+ through Congregate Sites or by Home Delivery.
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Persons eligible are 60 + or the spouse of a person 60+ who need a meal for various reasons (medical, financial, etc.).

Top 4 Goals

  1. Congregate and Home Delivered: To improve the quality of health through proper nutrition.
  2. Home Delivered: To provide seniors with a nutritious meal in their home that will enable them to remain independent.
  3. Home Delivered: To provide social interaction daily with persons delivering meals and to provide a daily check on their health and welfare. And seek emergency assistance if necessary.
  4. Congregate Meal: To provide socialization in a congregate setting.

Explanation of Services

Congregate Meals: A nutritious meal is made available to seniors whose health enables them to come to a designated site. A registered dietician plans the meal served. The meal pattern consists of: Meat/Meat alternate, Vegetables & Fruits ½ cup servings, Bread or Alternate, ½ pint Milk, Dessert, and Margarine. The meal meets 1/3 of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for their age group. The Congregate Program also offers socialization with their peers as well as activities. Whenever possible, nutrition sites are located in the Senior Centers. Transportation is available to the sites if needed.

Home Delivered Meals: The same meal is delivered to seniors who are confined to their homes and unable to prepare themselves a nutritious meal for various health reasons. Meals are packaged to maintain appropriate temperatures during delivery. The nutritious meal enables the participants to remain independent and stay in their own homes.

Number of Persons Served

ETHRA directly operates in 6 counties, through 12 congregate meal sites and 19 home delivered meal routes.

Source of Funding

Federal funds are made available through the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disabilities, State of Tennessee, United States Department of Agriculture, Participant Contributions, and In-Kind.  $4,000 Grant from

Counties Served

Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott, and Union are served directly,  ETHRA. contracts with Knoxville-Knox County CAC, Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority, Mid-East CAC and Blount County CAC to serve the additional region.

For More Information please Contact: Janice Johnson at (865) 691-2551 ext. 4210 or by E-mail at