Nutrition and Meal Services

The Mission of Senior Nutrition Services is to improve the quality of life for older individuals through wholesome meals, nutrition education, counseling and assessment, improved socialization and referral to other appropriate services. Maryland residents, age 60 and older, and their spouses of any age, are welcome to visit a meal site for a hot nutritious meal and fun with new friends. Most nutrition sites have a variety of interesting and healthful activities to participate in (see Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs). Younger persons with disabilities may also be eligible to participate. Nutrition program also offer home delivered meals for seniors who are homebound and need assistance with meals.

Participants are encouraged to make a donation towards the cost of a meal. Donations are voluntary and confidential and help the program to provide more meals and other nutrition program services such as nutrition education and nutrition counseling.

Meals that Provide Socializing and Health Activities

Congregate meals are offered in more than 250 meal sites including senior centers, religious facilities, housing facilities or other community sites throughout Maryland. Many meals program locations are within state-of-the-art facilities and offer a variety of engaging activities such as Health Promotion and Fitness Centers.

Meal sites offer an opportunity to meet new friends and engage in other social or health related programs including nutrition education, physical activity and health screening. During fiscal year 2015, over 32,000 seniors received nearly 1.1 million meals in group dining settings throughout Maryland. View a list of Senior Congregate Nutrition Sites.

Most congregate meal sites offer a hot lunch. However, some offer deli lunches, salad bars, soup and sandwiches or evening meals. Breakfast programs are offered in several locations, also. Plus, a variety of culturally-appropriate meals are offered in select locations including: Kosher, Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean.

Looking for short or long term assistance with meals at home?

Home delivered meals recipients must be homebound and unable to shop for food or prepare meals. Home delivered meals (also referred to as Meals on Wheels) are delivered to homebound seniors to help them to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition to nutrition services, regular contact with program volunteers and staff provides a senior with a link to additional services in his or her community. In FY 2015, over 1.1 million home delivered meals were served to approximately 7,000 seniors across Maryland.

Whether served in a congregate or home setting, each meal meets at least one-third of Recommended Dietary Intakes for older adults and follows the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In addition to meals, nutrition education and nutritional risk screenings are provided to all participants. In some locations, nutrition counseling is available and provided by registered dietitians.

Persons interested in nutrition services should contact their local Maryland Access Point.

My Groceries To Go!

My Groceries to Go! — Otherwise known as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program — is a Maryland Department of Aging initiative that provides vital nutrition to low-income seniors. Through partnerships with local nonprofits like the Maryland Food Bank, the program provides boxes of nutritious US Department of Agriculture foods to seniors 60 years and older who qualify for the program.

Older Marylanders are among the most at-risk of food insecurity due to circumstances like inconsistent income, limited mobility, and poor health. My Groceries to Go! is important for ensuring that Maryland’s food-insecure seniors receive the food assistance they need to lead healthy lives.

WHO CAN REGISTER?

Currently, My Groceries to Go! is available in Baltimore City, and some locations within Baltimore County, to residents 60 years and older living on an income level at or below 130 percent of federal poverty income guidelines. The Maryland Department of Aging plans to expand to additional areas in Maryland, as federal funds permit.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

To see if you qualify for My Groceries to Go!, call the Maryland Food Bank at (410) 737-8282 and ask for the CSFP Program Coordinator or go to https://www.mdfoodbank.org/our-programs/my- groceries-to- go/

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Contact Person: Judy Simon, Program Manager, 410-767-1100, judy.simon@maryland.gov​​​​​​​​