Nutritional Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) is a senior nutrition program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and managed in Minnesota by the MN Department of Health. The intended participants are adults aged 60+ who have more mobility and are comfortable with some cooking. NAPS is traditionally a boxed program (meaning the food is prescribed and prepackaged), and these boxes are usually distributed by food shelves during a 2-3 hour window one day each month.
CEAP believes in choice-based programming, and because of that we have adapted our NAPS program to address the needs of our senior neighbors. CEAP’s NAPS participants make an appointment once each month to come to CEAP. When they arrive, we provide a menu of options and each participant selects the items they’d like in their box. This allows everyone to get the items they like and will eat, and prevents waste of unwanted items.
NAPS participants are also invited to shop in CEAP’s Food Market while they wait for their NAPS box to be packed for them. We are seeing more of our NAPS participants opt to shop in the food market as the program grows! CEAP currently has 32 participants in the NAPS program, and we’re hoping to continue to accept new participants.
Do you have questions or think that you or a loved one could benefit from this program? Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org . We’d love to get you connected to these resources!