Campus Dining Program Receives Prestigious Award

  • 8/13/2019 10:42:11 AM
  • WMFD Digital Team
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ONTARIO, OH - The Ohio District Area Agency on Aging, Inc. Campus Dining Program was recently awarded recognition from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging with the 2019 Aging Innovations Award. The 2019 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes Area Agencies on Aging 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. 

"n4a is thrilled to present the Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards to a diverse and talented group of Area Agencies on Aging," Chief Executive Officer of n4a, Sandy Markwood said. "We are happy to say that every corner of the country is represented in the 2019 awards this year."

The Aging Innovations Award is the highest honor presented to member agencies. The Campus Dining Program was among the top 16 of 48 local aging programs to receive honors during the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow which took place on July 27-31 in New Orleans.

"The work the Innovations winners have done, especially, is remarkable,"Markwood said. "These AAAs have developed truly innovative programs in their communities to better meet the needs of older adults, people with disabilities and their caregiviers. From programs that focus on healthy aging or transportation to nutrition or housing, we commend them all and urge them to continue creating great programs like the ones highlighted in this year's 2019 Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards," Markwood said.

The Campus Dining Program connects college students and older adults at an on-campus congregate meal site. The program, a partnership between Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., Ohio State University at Mansfield and North Central State College, provides older adults with flexible dining hours, fresh food choices and intergenerational programming that promotes lifelong learning, positive aging and mentorship.

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