Home delivered meals and group meal sites are available to people age 60 and older through a federally funded nutrition program. Through this program, seniors can receive meals that provide at least one-third of their daily-recommended allowance of nutrients.
People age 60 and older are eligible for the meal program. There is no charge for these programs, but donations are accepted. Program participation requires no income test. However, agencies target services to people with the greatest economic or social need.
The group meal sites, sometimes called “congregate sites”, are offered at locations throughout the community. These sites offer opportunities to meet new friends and interact with others. Sometimes the site (center) will present a speaker or entertainment. The centers also may offer nutritional screening and assessments, educational information, and diet counseling. Staff at these sites may also help participants to find other community-based services.
Home delivered meals, sometimes known as “Meals on Wheels”, are available to elders who cannot make it out to the meal sites. Volunteers deliver a well-balanced lunch each weekday. When a senior calls to learn more about home-delivered meals, the agency will ask some basic questions and complete a telephone interview and assessment. In some cases, a social worker may visit the senior to determine if other services may be needed.
To learn more about home-delivered meals or meal sites near you, call the agency in your county as listed below. Please be aware that there may be a waiting list for both group meal sites and home-delivered meals.
Senior Nutrition Program
Seniors First Inc.
Council on Aging Inc.
Meals On Wheels Etc. Inc.