Money for Senior Nutrition Programs Moves Forward

In an effort to guarantee nutritional meals for seniors, an appropriation of $625,000 was passed out of the Health and Human Services Division today. The legislation, introduced by State Senator Lyle Koenen (DFL-Clara City) would expand the Senior Congregate Dining Services program to meet the growing demand of this program from seniors.

“These funds will ensure that Minnesota’s seniors can have a nutritional program that won’t be subject to federal budget cuts. Not only does this provide meals to our state’s seniors, but it provides the community with a place to socialize and interact with peers. This is a great need that we must fill,” said Sen. Koenen

Sequestration cuts at the federal level originally cut the program by about 7%. Although the cuts have since been restored, there is a growing demand for the program. Currently 9% of seniors in Minnesota are still not receiving adequate amounts of food.

“This is a one-time appropriation that will provide more of our seniors for an opportunity to come together and guarantees they are receiving enough to eat. Let’s make sure we are taking care of our senior citizens who have done so much for us,” said Koenen.

For information on this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Lyle Koenen at 651-296-5094 or by email at


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Lyle Koenen represents District 17, which includes portions of Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Renville, and Swift counties in the southwestern part of the state. He is the vice chair of the Tax Reform Division.

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