As society becomes more aware and concerned about the health and needs of our senior adults needs, communities are turning local non-profit agencies like Lonoke County Council on Aging, Inc. for solutions. Council’s on Aging are one of the most powerful influences in the lives of senior adults, and can significantly impact senior adult’s ability to live independently as possible in the environment of their choosing. Lonoke County Council on Aging, Inc., Farm to Table program promotes a healthy nutrition environment, which fosters senior adult’s health and wellness. Local freshly harvested garden fruits and vegetables contribute to senior adult nutrition, especially if it is integrated into their meals.
Lonoke County Council on Aging, Inc. is one of the first in Arkansas to create a model Farm to Table, Nutrition and Wellness program that many senior programs will use as a guide when developing their individual Farm to Table, Nutrition and Wellness program.
Lonoke County Council on Aging, Inc., Farm to Table, Nutrition and Wellness Program
1. Lonoke County Council on Aging, Inc. will support the development of the Farm to Table, nutrition and wellness program to help seniors’ adults eat more nutritious foods, promote healthier eating patterns and support the local economy and local farmers.
2. Lonoke County Council on Aging, Inc. supports the integration of a farm to table program into the seniors’ centers food program and the nutritional curricular activities as appropriate to facilitate the nutritional and educational goals of the center requirements.
3. Lonoke County Council on Aging, Inc., Farm to Table programs enhance the nutritional and educational experience of senior adults by providing:
a. Nutritious, locally grown food as part of the seniors’ centers, and the Meals on Wheels Program, hot lunch program;
4. Lonoke County County on Aging, Inc. will support the sustainability of the Farm to Table program through activities including, but not limited to, fundraising, solicitation of community donations, use of existing resources, and allocation of agency funds.
5. The Farm to Table program provides senior adults with the opportunity to eat healthy, locally grown foods and be exposed to a variety of fresh produce that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the population.
6. At Lonoke County Council on Aging, Inc., the Executive Director has the power to implement and enforce agency policy. Therefore, the Executive Director can issue protocols/procedures/guidelines to implement the Farm to Table, Nutrition and Wellness program policy.