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Central Office: 913-715-8800

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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CHAMPSS: Seniors Meal Plan

CHAMPSS - meal programCHAMPSS - Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors

The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Nutrition Program is pleased to offer a dining opportunity called CHAMPSS, a program for adults 60 or older and their spouses.

ORDER CHAMPSS MEALS online!         

We welcome your interest in the CHAMPSS program and request prior authorization to advertise the CHAMPSS Program in any publication. Please contact us for more information.

Johnson County Nutrition Program/AAA
11811 S. Sunset, Suite 1300 Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 715-8894, (888) 214-4404 - toll free
HSA-CHAMPSS@jocogov.org

What is the CHAMPSS program?

CHAMPSS, which stands for Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors, is offered through the Older Americans Act, a federally funded program, and the Nutrition Program/AAA, in partnership with the following Hy-Vee stores:

13400 W. 87th St.            Lenexa
18101 W. 119th St.          Olathe
8501 W. 95th St.              Overland Park
7620 State Line Road      Prairie Village
6655 Martway St.             Mission
13550 W. 63rd Street        Shawnee

Through the program, seniors may receive a nutritious meal 7 days a week any time between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the dining area of the grocery store. The Hy-Vee dietitian-approved menu allows seniors to select an entrée, fruit, and vegetable of their choice, along with bread and low-fat milk.     CHAMPSS Newsletter with Reorder Form     Answers to CHAMPSS Survey Questions

CHAMPSS Menu Selections

Seniors may also view/print a copy of our monthly lunch menu for the neighborhood senior centers and meals on wheels, as well as the breakfast menu for these programs and the monthly "Nutrition Education": 

November 2016 Nutrition Menu     |    November 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

December 2016 Nutrition Menu     |    December 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

Menu Descriptions for December 2016 - March 2017

How do I enroll in the CHAMPSS Program?

To learn more AND register for this new program for seniors, plan to attend an enrollment session soon. Please call the Johnson County CHAMPSS Line at 913-715-8894 for locations and times.

  • Enrollment Flyer

How much does a CHAMPSS meal cost?

The suggested donation is $3.50 per meal. The actual cost of each meal is more than $5, so you are invited to be as generous as you can with your donation. Donations are sent in with your meal order, so there is no need to provide anything other than your swipe card at Hy-Vee. Meals are funded in part through the Older Americans Act and the Kansas Department on Aging.

How do I order more meals?

Print and complete the CHAMPSS Reorder Form, enclose your donation, and send your reorder to the address on the form. You may also reorder with your credit card by calling 715-8894 or 715-8888.

Or ORDER CHAMPSS MEALS online!
 

Home Plate Meal Program

The program is temporarily suspended.  

Feel free to request Meals on Wheels or discuss other service options
by contacting Information & Assistance 913-715-8861.

The Home Plate nutrition program is a program of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging supported by the Older Americans Act. The program provides short-term meal service to seniors and retired veterans to assist in their recuperation, decreasing the incidence of hospital readmission.

Contact Information:

Nutrition Program Staff
(913) 715-8810
(888) 214-4404 - toll free

Frequent Questions:

Who qualifies for the Home Plate meal program?

Patients age 60+, homebound, and discharging to a home in Johnson County from a participating hospital/rehabilitation facility can be referred for the Home Plate Meal Program by social service staff.

Seniors who have already been receiving the traditional Meals on Wheels program just prior to their hospital admission may restart their Meals on Wheels by calling 913-715-8896.

How do I get started on the Home Plate Meal Program?

If you meet the eligibility requirements and are discharging from a participating hospital/rehabilitation facility, a hospital discharge planner or social work staff member, (or you, or your family/advocate) may make a referral to the program by calling the Information & Assistance line at 913-715-8861.   A microwavable 7-day frozen meal pack is available for anyone age 60+ discharging from our participating hospitals.

How much will the meal cost?

Donations are accepted.

When will the Home Plate meals be delivered?

Following a referral to the Home Plate nutrition program, a staff member with the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging will contact the patient to make arrangements to deliver the 7-day frozen meal pack to the patient at home within 72 hours of hospital discharge.

What support will the Nutrition Program staff provide for the Home Plate Nutrition Program?

A nutrition assessment will be made within 3 days of discharge, and follow-up calls will be placed to determine the need for additional services such as the Outreach Nurse Home Visiting Program from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, ongoing nutrition services, or supportive in-home services provided by the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging.

What kind of food will be served?

Eligible seniors referred by social work staff from participating hospitals will receive one 7-day meal plan pack. Each meal includes a meat entree, vegetable, fruit, dessert, and whole wheat bread or cornbread, and milk. Meals are designed to meet the nutritional needs of older adults.

 

Meals on Wheels

meals on wheels logo

The Area Agency on Aging provides home-delivered meals to frail and elderly homebound residents, age 60+ and their spouse. An evaluation of need must be completed by an Area Agency on Aging assessor to qualify for home-delivered meals.  Staff and volunteers deliver meals between 10:45 am and 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday.
Donate to Meals on Wheels

Meals are planned to meet the nutritional needs of older adults. Modified diets are available such as low-sodium and diabetic meals. The meals contain no concentrated sugars such as cakes with frosting, sweetened fruit pies.
 

The Monthly Menus and Nutrition Education is sent to all Meals on Wheels clients and are posted here online:

November 2016 Nutrition Menu     |    November 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

December 2016 Nutrition Menu     |    December 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

Menu Descriptions for December 2016 - March 2017

To request Meals on Wheels or find out more about the service, call the Aging Information line at (913) 715-8861, or toll free (888) 214-4404.

To request a stop or a change in meal delivery, call (913) 715-8896.

To volunteer to deliver meals call the Volunteer Coordinator at 715-8859. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated.

Current Meals on Wheels Volunteers: (913) 715-8895

The suggested donation for a person age 60+ and their spouse is $3 per meal. No one is denied a meal if they are unable to donate.  Meals are funded in part through the Older Americans Act and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Meal delivery is cancelled during bad weather if road or weather conditions are hazardous.

• “Blizzard meals” consist of shelf stable food items and are delivered at the beginning of winter. They are to be used in the event that a hot meal can not be delivered.
• Listen to the following radio stations: KCMO AM-710, KCMO FM-94.9 or KMBZ AM 980, or watch the following TV stations: KMBC-TV 9, KSHB-TV 41 or WDAF-TV 4 regarding the cancellation of Johnson County Meals on Wheels. OR
• The Central Olathe Office may also be called at 715-8896 if there are questions regarding meal delivery.

Neighborhood Centers

The Area Agency on Aging provides nutritious meals at six Neighborhood Centers. In addition, Neighborhood Centers offer a variety of services, activities, and educational programs for older individuals in the community.

Contact Information:

Aging Information Specialists
(913) 715-8861, (888) 214-4404 - toll free
Contact Aging Information

Frequent Questions:

Where are the Neighborhood Centers located? 

  • Merriam Community Center - 5701 Merriam Drive - 667-2048
  • Overland Park Community Center - 8101 Marty St. - 648-2949
  • Gardner Senior Center - 128 E Park - 856-3471
  • Lenexa Senior Center - 13425 Walnut - 888-6141
  • Spring Hill Civic Center - 401 N Madison - 592-3180
  • De Soto Civic Center - 32905 W 84th St. - 585-1762

 *Please note that since the building in which the Olathe Senior Center was located has been sold, staff have set up an Olathe Pickup Location for Meals on Wheels at the Johnson County Health Services Building, 11875 S. Sunset 715-8898 until a new location for a center can be found. Volunteers may pickup meals by ringing the doorbell by the double doors at the North loading dock.

Who can attend the Neighborhood Center?

A hot noon meal is available for anyone age 60+ and their spouse. People under age 60 are also welcome to eat lunch, but must pay full cost of the meal.

How do I make a reservation for a lunch meal?

Call the Neighborhood Center by 11:00 a.m. the day before.

How much will the meal cost?

  • The suggested donation for a person age 60+ and their spouse is $3.00 per meal. No one is denied a meal if they are unable to donate.
  • Meals are funded in part through the Older Americans Act and the Kansas Department on Aging.

What activities are provided at the Neighborhood Center?

Each Neighborhood Center offers a variety of social activities and educational programs.

What hours are the Centers open?

Neighborhood Centers are open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m .- 1:00 p.m. A meal is served daily at 11:30 a.m.

What kind of food will be served?        

November 2016 Nutrition Menu     |    November 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

December 2016 Nutrition Menu     |    December 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

Menu Descriptions for December 2016 - March 2017

Meals are planned to meet the nutritional needs of older adults.  Modified diets are available: Regular diet.  No concentrated sweets such as cakes with frosting, sweetened fruit pies.  Nutrition Education for each month is printed on the back of each menu.

Do the Neighborhood Centers close if the weather is bad?

Centers will close if road or weather conditions are hazardous.

  • Listen to one of the following radio stations: KCMO AM-710, KCMO FM-94.9 or KMBZ AM 980, or watch one of the following TV stations: KMBC-TV 9, KSHB-TV 41 or WDAF-TV 4 regarding the closure of Johnson County Neighborhood Centers due to weather. OR
  • Call the Johnson County Center after 9:00 am to check if a Neighborhood Center is open. The Central Olathe Office may also be called at 715-8888.

How can I volunteer at a Center?

Neighborhood Centers have many volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are needed to assist in meal service, social activities and educational programming. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 715-8859.

Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services provides hot noon meals at Neighborhood Centers and also provides volunteer-delivered hot lunches to homebound older adults.

November 2016 Nutrition Menu     |    November 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education 

December 2016 Nutrition Menu     |    December 2016 Breakfast Menu & Nutrition Education

Menu Descriptions for December 2016 - March 2017     CHAMPSS Menu

Contact Information:

Aging Information Specialists
(913) 715-8861
(888) 214-4404 - toll free
Contact Aging Information

Services:

CHAMPSS senior food program gaining fame, enthusiasm!

The CHAMPSS (Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors) program, which offers seniors a dining alternative to congregate meal sites, has received publicity that is enhancing the interest of other nutrition programs and groceries.

Nancy Tanquary, manager of the Johnson County Human Services Nutrition Program, attended the Meals on Wheels Association of America Annual Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was one of three presenters on a panel titled The Congregate Program: Breathing New Life into an Old Program.

About 75 persons from around the country attended the session, including the nutritionist from the Administration on Aging in Washington, D.C. Tremendous interest in the CHAMPSS program was expressed; Tanquary was peppered with questions and participants stayed after the presentation to prolong the discussion.  Tanquary also presented the CHAMPSS program to Kansas Community Nutrition Services, and The Best Times newspaper featured CHAMPSS, and has had many inquiries from other nutrition programs and grocery markets including a senior meals program in Eugene, Ore.; Clay County, Missouri;  a Hy-Vee in Topeka; the Southwest Kansas Planning Service Area 06; and ElderCare, Inc. in Great Bend, Kan.

CHAMPSS was developed by the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging and is funded through the Older Americans Act in partnership with several Hy-Vee stores in Johnson County. Through the program, adults 60 and older can receive a hot, nutritious meal Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Hy-Vee dietitian-approved menu allows seniors to select an entrée, fruit, and vegetable of their choice along with bread and low-fat milk for a suggested donation of $3.50 per meal. Johnson County residents who are 60 or older are eligible; to learn more, call 913-715-8894.