Nutrition Advocacy

Malnutrition Awareness Week is October 4-8! 
MCOA is an ambassador to this initiative. That means YOU are able to take advantage of the Malnutrition Awareness Week 2021 Buzzkit containing messaging, sample social media posts, and more – including the code to attend webinars for free.

Cooking as Self-Care – Considering all we went through in 2020, it is MCOA’s hope these sessions provide some relief from older adult malnutrition and social isolation. Your feedback is welcome along the way.

Encourage your local community access channel to schedule the Cooking as Self Care (CASC) segments. Each show runs under 30 minutes and can be found and downloaded from Massachusetts Media eXchange (MMX). MMX is a video sharing platform hosted by MassAccess for the use of community media stations across the Commonwealth. For more information, visit

Cooking as Self Care 2021 Full Schedule
January video, recipe handout, MA-Grown Produce Availability Calendar, Older Adults and Food Safety
February video, recipe handout, African Heritage Diet food list, African Heritage Diet brochure, Bowl Template, MA-Grown Produce Availability Calendar
March video, recipe handoutMA-Grown Produce Availability Calendar
April video, recipe handout, Blue Zones meal planner, Food Safety and Eating Out, Global Foods for a Healthy Plate
MCOA 2020 Fall Conference – Cooking as Self Care recipe


Assorted Resources:

ACL Senior Nutrition Program 5.5.21 – Please note these reopening documents contain information from the Federal level. State and local nutrition programs’ policies and funding will impact the actual services provided post-pandemic. Feel free to use the tools as they fit into your decision making. Considerations for Senior Nutrition Programs, Signage & Communication Resources, Resources List.

Nutrition and Brain Health Membership Meeting 2.10.21

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 (Older Adults p.121)

Stepping up Your Nutrition (SUYN) – This 30-minute online SUYN Leader training will provide you with the skills and resources to educate and motivate community-dwelling older adults to prevent or lower their malnutrition risk, identify malnutrition risk and refer at-risk older adults to community-based resources. After completing the online training, SUYN Leaders will be able to deliver the interactive workshop for older adults. Get trained now and run the program virtually during the pandemic or in person in the future!  Contact for coupon code to cover the cost of the training, program and marketing materials for 1-2 people per COA.

Shelf-Stable Food Box List

Nutrition Community Checklist Self-Assessment


Statewide Nutrition Program 6.24.2020 – Slide DeckCommunity Scan

SNAP Average Award by City/Town (age 60, single, living alone)
July 2021
January 2021* July 2020* February 2020
Combined data (Excel)
 *figures do not reflect temporary supplemental COVID-19 benefits


MA Commission on Malnutrition Prevention Among Older Adults annual reports: 2020 Annual Report, 2019 Annual Report, 2018 Annual Report

Defeat Malnutrition Today (DMT):

DMT website, Policy Agenda

DMT National Blueprint

DMT 2020 End of Year Report



All Things Nutrition

Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

116 Pleasant Street, Suite 306
Easthampton, MA 01027
Telephone: 413-527-6425
Fax: 413-527-7138