The New Orleans Council on Aging (NOCOA) exists to protect the rights, promote the well being, and enhance the self-esteem of New Orleans elderly by generating opportunities for self-reliance and independence.

The New Orleans Council on Aging is a private, non-profit corporation which serves as the Area Agency on Aging for Orleans Parish. The agency is responsible for insuring that a comprehensive and coordinated assortment of social, recreational, educational, and nutritional services are provided to persons aged 60 and over in the City of New Orleans.

For questions about services provided by the New Orleans Council on Aging and other agencies, call 504-821-4121 or email us at administration@nocoa.org.

The New Orleans Council on Aging (NOCOA) is not a department of the City of New Orleans.

Glossary of Acronyms

AAA - Area Agency on Aging, also referred to as Area Agency

ADRC - Aging and Disability Resource Center

ALF - Assisted Living Facility

ADI - Alzheimer's Disease Initiative

AOA - Administration on Aging within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

EDA - Elderly and Disabled Waiver

GOEA - Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs

HHS - United States Department of Health and Human Services.

ICP - Institutional Care Program

OAA - Older Americans Act.

LPCS - Long-term Personal Care Services

PSA - Planning and Service Area

SSI - Supplemental Security Income Program



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Nutrition Program

The Nutrition Program of the New Orleans Council on Aging is two-fold. This program provides both Congregate (C-1) meals and Home delivered (C-2) meals or as they are more commonly referred to as “Meals on Wheels” to the elderly sixty (60) years of age and older in Orleans parish. The Congregate Meals Program (C-1) provides a meal to an eligible participant at a nutrition site, senior center or other congregate setting.

These services are designed to maintain or improve the physical, psychological, and social well being of the elderly through the provision of appropriate nutrition services. Hot meals are designed to meet one-third (1/3) of the daily recommended dietary allowance as indicated by the food and nutrition board of the National Academy of Sciences.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Seniors 60 years of age or older, or the spouse of an eligible participant
  • Residence in Orleans Parish
  • Handicapped or disabled persons who are not 60 years of age, but who reside in a housing facility occupied primarily by the elderly at which the congregate nutrition services are provided can participate in the congregate meals porgram, but only at that location.

Other Important Guidelines:
Meals on Wheels is not an emergency service. In case of delivery cancellations, please keep extra food handy, especially in winter months. Please let us know about changes in your condition that may alter your eligibility for Meals on Wheels.

(C-1) meals costs approximately $5.68 and (C-2) meals cost approximately $6.73. Donations are accepted to supplement the cost of meals. Daily meals and social interaction with the meal drivers are vital to the well being of seniors. You can support the Meals On Wheels Program by making a donation to:

Meals on Wheels Program
New Orleans Council on Aging
2475 Canal St., Ste. 400
New Orleans, LA 70119

The New Orleans Council on Aging is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Currently, a waiting list exists for (C-2) meals and for site requests to provide (C-1) congregate meal services.

For more information, contact: nutrition@nocoa.org