COUNCIL ON AGING OF CENTRAL OREGON SEEKING MEAL SITE PROPOSALS
Bend, OR (November 28, 2016) – The Council on Aging of Central Oregon is seeing Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from prospective congregate meal sites for older adults in Bend, Oregon. The RFP outlines the requirements that must be met.
"Congregate nutrition program" means a program that consists of administrative functions; meal production; the provision of nutritious, safe, and appealing meals for eligible consumers in a group setting; and the provision of the nutrition-related services described in rules 173-4-05 to 173-4-09 of the Administrative Code (Administration on Aging Title III – Congregate Nutrition Program).
All proposals must be signed by an official agent or representative of the organization submitting the proposal. Final contract terms and conditions will be negotiated upon selection of the winning bidder. Council on Aging will evaluate all proposals based on overall suitability of location and experience of provider. Each bidder must submit a copy of their proposal to the address provided by January 15, 2017.
The Council on Aging of Central Oregon’s services meet basic, direct and immediate needs among Central Oregon’s older adults, many of whom are low-income and high risk. Services, which include nutrition programs, case management, caregiver support, and resource referral are vitally important to older adults’ health and quality of life.
Central Oregon Meal Sites
Senior nutrition sites in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties offer congregate meals. Funding to Central Oregon Council On Aging for the meals come from federal, state and local dollars, program contributions, and attendee donations. Volunteer support for the congregate meal sites is vital to making the programs function.
Congregate dining programs vary according to location and population being served. The number of days per week that the sites offer hot meals varies from one to five. Other activities such as socializing, dancing, health clinics, educational programs, and games are offered at various sites. See info below about days congregate meals are offered at the various sites.
Anyone can attend the congregate meals. Seniors 60+, spouses of any age of a senior or caregivers of seniors are eligible for congregate online meals at no-cost, although donations are much appreciated. Those not eligible for the no-cost meals are requested to pay the meal sites’ posted cost of the meal. At certain sites, transportation may be available to those who require it. While the sites are conscious of sugar, salt and fat in preparing the meals, the meals should not be considered diabetic.
Generally the home delivered meals (Meals-on-Wheels) are delivered between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Days of delivery vary by community. To be eligible, clients need to be 60+ and either be home-bound or have difficulty shopping/cooking for themselves. COCOA Case Managers do the assessments for eligibility, but the meal sites and community members at large are encouraged to talk with COCOA Case Management if there is someone you think may be eligible.