NYSOFA’s (New York State Office for the Aging) mission is to help older New Yorkers be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower older adults and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations which serve them.
The Historical Meal Units data provides a snapshot of this mission with the growth of meals served since the beginning of the Older Americans Act in 1974 through the creation of the State-funded Supplemental Assistance Program in 1984 to the current year. This dataset shows the growth of the meals program by AAA. It also shows the transition from congregate meals program to a home-delivered one which serves persons more in need.
AAAs (Area Agencies on Aging – local offices for the Aging) plan, develop and support comprehensive in-home and community services. These services create opportunities for active senior citizens and help to promote their independence. Residents now have access to: information and referral services; employment, training and volunteer opportunities; senior centers and adult day care programs; transportation; congregate and home-delivered meals; and home health services. Seniors also have legal services, and counseling programs to assist them.