The Heritage Agency on Aging Receives an Aging Achievement Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

FOR RELEASE CONTACT: Tim Getty
August 8, 2017 319-297-8817
tgetty@kirkwood.edu

(Cedar Rapids, Iowa) The Heritage Area Agency on Aging announces that the Senior Tote Program, a local collaborative effort between
The Heritage Agency and HACAP Food Reservoir, received an Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).

The awards program is supported by WellCare. Heritage was among 52 local aging programs serving seniors across the nation to receive honors at the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow, July 29–August 2 in Savannah, GA.

The Senior Tote Program provides totes of nutritious supplemental food to older adults. The senior food totes (approximately six pounds each)ensures seniors have nutritious food to eat during times when traditional Meals on Wheels or Senior Dining programs are not available. Senior Totes is modeled after the successful School Operation BackPack Program and operates solely on donations and generous grant support, such as a $50,000 WAL-MART State-wide Giving grant. The program is currently offered in predominantly rural and other communities that are considered food deserts with little access to food resources and will be adding fresh produce to each tote in Fall 2017.

The 2017 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American aging programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. A part of the criteria for the selection of the honorees was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities.

“With the health care landscape continuing to change rapidly, our members are discovering new ways to position themselves in the long-term and health care marketplaces, as well as to strengthen long-standing services, to meet the needs of America’s rapidly growing older adult population,” said n4a’s Chief Executive Officer Sandy Markwood. “Our members work tirelessly, and with little fanfare in their communities, and this program enables us to shine a well-deserved spotlight on their critical work to support older adults’ health, safety, independence and dignity,” Ms. Markwood added.

“This prestigious award is a tremendous testament to the collaborative effort of the HACAP Food Reservoir, site managers and volunteers, generous corporate sponsors, and the Heritage Agency to provide vital, nutritious foods to older adults throughout eastern Iowa This simple act of community support affords older adults the opportunity to remain happy and safely in their homes.”, said Tim Getty, Heritage Regional Nutrition Services Coordinator

The 2017 n4a Aging Achievement Awards honored traditional and new strategies in a range of categories including Advocacy, Care Transitions, Caregiving, Civic Engagement, Community Planning & Livable Communities, Elder Abuse Prevention, Ethnic & Cultural Diversity, Health-LTSS Integration, Healthy Aging, Home & Community-Based Services, Nutrition, Technology and “You Name It!”

All winners are showcased in an n4a publication.

The Heritage Agency, a department of Kirkwood Community College since 1971, works to plan, fund and advocate for older adults, their families and caregivers in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties. For more information, call 319-398-5559 or visit www.heritageaaa.org.

The HACAP Food Reservoir, a key service program of the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc., (HACAP) provides food to 114 non-profit pantries, feeding programs and organizations (partner agencies) across seven counties in Eastern Iowa. In fiscal year 2016, the HACAP Food Reservoir distributed 5.1 million pounds of food to our partner agencies. The HACAP Food Reservoir is a Feeding America member food bank serving Benton, Cedar, Johnson, Jones, Iowa, Linn and Washington counties. HACAP provides a variety of anti-poverty programs and collaborates with community partners to serve individuals and families in within a six county region in Iowa. The mission of HACAP above all is to help people develop the skills necessary to become successful and build strong communities. Visit HACAP.org. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HACAP or follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/HACAP. Email lgorkow@hacap.org.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the leading voice on aging issues for the 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) across the country and a champion in our nation’s capital for the 256 Title VI Native American aging programs. n4a’s primary mission is to build the capacity of our members so they can help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. (www.n4a.org / www.facebook.com/n4aACTION)

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