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Posted on: March 17, 2023

Senior Ethnic Congregate Nutrition Services - LOI - updated

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Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources accepting Letters of Intent for Senior Ethnic Congregate Meal Services

PCHS / ADR is seeking Letters of Intent from eligible and qualified applicants to provide targeted Senior Ethnic Congregate Nutrition Services for older adults 60+ years of age residing in Pierce County consistent with the requirements of the Federal Older American's Act (OAA) and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Senior Nutrition Program Standards.  

Congregate nutrition services provide hot, nutritious meals typically served at noon time in a group setting, primarily in senior and community centers, for the purpose of increasing the nutrient intake of participants who might not otherwise eat adequately. These services contribute to improving the individual’s overall health status and provide an opportunity to interact in a social environment, thereby reducing isolation.  Menus must be approved by a Registered Dietician, and meals must contain at least one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) as established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences.   Nutrition programs must also have access to a certified food protection manager (CFPM).

PCHS may contract with one (1) or more providers to administer culturally appropriate congregate meal services to low income and targeted ethnic populations in Pierce County. PCHS / ADR has made available from Federal Older Americans Act (OAA) funding, up to $251,298 annually for Senior Ethnic Congregate Nutrition services. 

Letters of Intent are due no later than noon March 31, 2023. Interested applicants must agree to serve the populations currently served (Korean, Cambodian, and Vietnamese) but may also propose to provide services to other ethnic population(s).  Submit letters via email or mail to: 

Pierce County Human Services
Aging and Disability Resources
Attention: Shannon McKinney
4301 S. Pine Street, Suite 446
Tacoma, WA 98409

Review the entire announcement, including how to request accommodations, here.

This announcement has been updated to reflect the correct due date of March 31, 2023. 

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