Shoshone-Bannock Tribes  


The Elderly Nutrition Program provides services to federally-recognized tribal senior citizens age 55 years and older in the Fort Hall Reservation service area.


Phone – (208) 478-3858

The program serves those with the greatest economic and social needs. These include low income, frail, impaired, and geographically and socially isolated elderly. It is our intent to improve the quality of life for our elders through fostering an environment of quality, dignity and pride.

The program provides well-balanced meals that meet one third of the recommended daily allowance for seniors five days per week. The program provides information and assistance services to tribal seniors in order to assist in accessing and identifying available resources to meet their needs.

The program serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Monday - Friday at the HRDC Building. Everyone is welcome; the program sells meals to guests. The Elderly Nutrition Program transports elders to and from the meal site on three vans. The program provides transportation to the Fort Hall Trading Post and Post Office to allow elders to shop for groceries and to check mail. Other trips include excursions for business and recreational purposes.

An exercise program is given throughout the year by Health Education and the Caregiver Program. The Nutrition Program sponsors bingo Monday through Friday from 12:10 - 1:15 and other activities throughout the year such as lunch at the Golden Corral Restaurant, trips to the Shoshonean Reunion and Denver March Powwow and picking chokecherries.

The staff receives training in food safety and sanitation to maintain updated information and to provide better service to the seniors and the public. The tribal nutritionist is available to assess the progress and adequacy of the program functions. Trained nutrition cooks follow the USDA/DHHS guidelines and procedures in preparing the meals. Menus are prepared under the guidance of the health nutritionist to assure that each meal provides recommended RDA for both congregate and home delivered meals.

The staff receives training for the Title VI Program from Kauffman & Associates. The Nutrition Program coordinates with the Title III Southeast Idaho Council of Governments. Nutrition staff is certified in CPR, First Aid and food safety and sanitation.

An elderly advisory board provides suggestions and assistance to the program.

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