November 1, 2022 | Monthly News & Updates
OCOA 50th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

The Osceola Council on Aging is excited to announce that our highly anticipated 50th Anniversary Gala has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 4th, 2023! All previous ticket/table purchases will still be valid.

During the previously scheduled date, our facility was activated to operate as an Emergency Special Needs Shelter. With the safety of our community a top priority, we're proud to have dedicated our team and resources to shelter over 100 residents from the storm's destruction.
We are thankful for your understanding throughout the postponement process, and even more grateful for all the support we've received during these difficult times. In wake of Hurricane Ian, our wonderful community has really stepped up to provide relief efforts to those left devastated by the storm.

CLICK HERE for more info
3rd Annual Turkey Takeout
Thanksgiving is a special time of year where friends and family come together to celebrate the things they are thankful for. Unfortunately, there are still a significant amount of disadvantaged families that don’t have the means to share this experience. Many of which are in our very own community!

Turkey Takeout was created so that no family will have to go without a hot and delicious Thanksgiving dinner again. Meals provided to our residents consist of a turkey entrée with cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, a roll, and a slice of pie!

CLICK HERE to register
OCOA Closes Special Needs Shelter, Returns to Normal Service

The Osceola Council on Aging opened its doors as an Emergency Special Needs Shelter on Tuesday, September 27th at 2:00 pm in anticipation of Hurricane Ian passing through Central Florida. While in operation, the Council on Aging provided shelter...

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The BEV - Book Your Holiday Party!
'Tis the season to celebrate all things Holiday at The BEV! This December, let us help make your event one to remember. Limited dates are available, so book your event today!

For availability & more info, contact:
Leslie Ochoa
(407) 483-1495
Senior Life Publications: Senior Wellness Expo
Thursday, November 10, 2022 (10am-1pm)
Osceola Council on Aging
700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, FL 34744

Join us at the Senior Wellness Expo this Fall. This event will include entertainment, refreshments and door prizes, so be sure to RSVP today for free!

To RSVP, call: (941) 251-7057
Food Pantry Services Available in Kissimmee and St. Cloud
The Osceola Council on Aging's Food Pantry program provides food bags to seniors, disabled adults, and disadvantaged families. We began providing food assistance programs to the Osceola County community more than 50 years ago and has evolved to provide nutrition assistance to more than 20,000 households every year.

The Council utilizes locally donated foods and funded social service programs to provide more comprehensive food packages and services to meet increasing demands in the number of low-income households served in our community.
Food Pantry Hours: Thursday from 9:30am - 11:30am

Open for Donations: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
In accordance with Federal Law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis or race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all program.) to file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 or 202-720-6382 (TTY) USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Fiber is an essential nutrient. However, many Americans fall short of the recommended daily amount in their diets. Women should aim for about 25 grams of fiber per day, while men should target about 38 grams, or 14 grams for every 1,000 calories.
Dietary fiber contributes to health and wellness in a number of ways. First, it aids in providing fullness after meals, which helps promote a healthy weight. Second, adequate fiber intake can help to lower cholesterol. Third, it helps prevent constipation and diverticulosis. And fourth, adequate fiber from food helps keep blood sugar levels within a healthy range.

Natural Sources of Fiber
Fiber is found in plant foods. Eating the skin or peel of fruits and vegetables provides a greater dose of fiber, which is found naturally in these sources. Fiber also is found in beans and lentils, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Typically, the more refined or processed a food is, the lower its fiber content. For example, one medium apple with the peel contains 4.4 grams of fiber, while ½ cup of applesauce contains 1.4 grams, and 4 ounces of apple juice contains no fiber.

By including certain foods, you can increase your fiber intake in no time. For breakfast, choose steel cut oats with nuts and berries instead of a low-fiber, refined cereal. At lunch, have a sandwich or wrap on a whole-grain tortilla or whole-grain bread and add veggies, such as lettuce and tomato, or serve with veggie soup. For a snack, have fresh veggies or whole-grain crackers with hummus. With dinner, try brown rice or whole-grain noodles instead of white rice or pasta made with white flour.

Here are a few foods that are naturally high in fiber:
  • 1 large pear with skin (7 grams)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries (8 grams)
  • ½ medium avocado (5 grams)
  • 1 ounce almonds (3.5 grams)
  • ½ cup cooked black beans (7.5 grams)
  • 3 cups air-popped popcorn (3.6 grams)
  • 1 cup cooked pearled barley (6 grams)

When increasing fiber, be sure to do it gradually and with plenty of fluids. As dietary fiber travels through the digestive tract, is similar to a new sponge; it needs water to plump up and pass smoothly. If you consume more than your usual intake of fiber but not enough fluid, you may experience nausea or constipation.

Before you reach for the fiber supplements, consider this: fiber is found naturally in nutritious foods. Studies have found the same benefits, such as a feeling of fullness, may not result from fiber supplements or from fiber-enriched foods. If you're missing out on your daily amount of fiber, you may be trailing in other essential nutrients as well. Your fiber intake is a good gauge for overall diet quality. Try to reach your fiber goal with unrefined foods so you get all the other benefits they provide as well.
November Holidays:

  • November - National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
  • November 8th - Election Day
  • November 11th - Veterans Day
  • November 24th - Thanksgiving
  • November 25th - Native American Heritage Day

Due to COVID-19 all regularly scheduled meetings are being held virtually by Zoom. For more information on meetings contact Janice Casler at

*No November Meeting*
Thank you to all of our donors. We are not able to get a photo of every donor, but we thank you all the same.

We are so fortunate to have had so many of you reach out to us asking how you can help and what you can do to ensure our community is well cared for. As an essential business we provide meals and other services to members of the community in need. Your donations are more critical now than ever to ensure they continue to receive these services during this unprecedented time.

Our greatest needs are contributions, both monetary and grocery items, for our community food pantry. We are trying to keep up with the new demand and increasing needs to feed the community. Leveraging your monetary donations allows us to stretch your dollars to serve even more individuals.

CLICK HERE to make a donation today!

Thank You!