What are congregate and home-delivered meals?
Congregate meals provide a lunch time meal, which offers one third of the recommended daily dietary allowance and is provided in a group setting. In addition to serving healthy meals, the program presents opportunities for social engagement, information on healthy aging, and meaningful volunteer roles, all of which contribute to an older individual’s overall health and well-being.
Home-delivered meals offer lunch to homebound older adults which offers one third of the recommended daily dietary allowance. This program serves much more than food. It provides a safety check, and sometimes the only opportunity for face-to-face contact or conversation that day.
Who qualifies for congregate and home-delivered meals?
Congregate meals: individuals who are 60 years of age or older, and in some cases, their spouses, and/or persons with disabilities.
Home-delivered meals: individuals who are 60 years of age or older who are frail, homebound, or isolated, and in some cases, their spouses, and/or persons with disabilities.
How do I access and learn more about the service?
These programs are offered by local service providers supported by the Home and Community Care Block Grant. Click on the links below to find a program in your area and call the local provider to learn more. You may also email the Division of Aging and Adult Services or call 919-855-3400.