TITLE VI: SUPPORTIVE AND
NUTRITION SERVICE PROGRAM
The 1978 Amendments to the Older Americans Act created Title VI. The purpose of this title is to promote the delivery of supportive and nutritional services for Indian elders. Nutritional services include congregate meals and home-delivered meals. Supportive services include providing information, offering assistance, transportation, chore, social and recreation services and culture/craft classes. The explicit purpose of each of the services offered is to contribute to the welfare of older Indians.
To better provide nutritional services to Peoria elders, a contract was established with the Miami tribe in 1985. This contract specified that Peoria elders, under Title VI, would participate with Miami elders in receiving nutritional services at the Miami Nutrition Center, located at the Miami Tribal Office and at the Miami Tribal Longhouse, located near Commerce, Oklahoma. Each of these facilities provides daily meals for Peoria elders Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In addition, meals are delivered from the Nutrition Centers to home-bound tribal elders.
The nutrition services are provided directly from the Miami Tribe. With the support of Title VI funds (contracted with the Peoria Tribe), the Miami tribe oversees employment of cooks and personnel, as well as the preparation, scheduling and delivering of meals.
Supportive services at the Peoria and Miami tribal facilities offer activities including arts and crafts, recreation, health, physical fitness and library services. The Peoria tribal office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Miami tribal facility is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Both facilities are located at 118 South Eight Tribes Trail in Miami, Oklahoma.
Funding for the Title VI Supportive and Nutrition Service Program is provided by a three-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Administration of this program is proved by the Administration on Aging (AOA).
Donna K. Harp
Title VI Director