Meal programs are designed to meet the nutritional needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities who have difficulty preparing meals on their own.
Meal programs deliver meals to an individual’s home, or the individual travels to a community location where meals are served in a group setting. Meals are included as part of the Nutrition programs at Area Agencies on Aging where registered dietitians plan or review menus. Other meal settings include churches, community centers, and civic organizations. Visit the Meal Programs in your Community section to learn more about options in your community.
Additionally, many for-profit businesses offer food delivery services designed to meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. For instance, restaurants, private meal services, and grocery stores often provide delivery for little or no cost other than that of the food itself.
You will need to find out whether a program can provide the meals you need, when you need them, and where you need them. Also, make sure that the program can accommodate any special dietary needs, either medical or religious. Check if it can provide liquid or chopped meals, should this need arise.
Most meal programs are inexpensive or free, and are available to people of any income level. Some ask for a suggested donation. Many of these programs are subsidized by federal, state, or local agencies. Others are sponsored by religious organizations or community groups.
ADRC of Oregon staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.