Meals and Elderly Nutrition Programs
Mobile Meals Programs - Seniors Farmers Market Program
Making Meal Choices that Fit
Purpose– The goal of the Elderly Nutrition Program is to provide nutritionally balanced meals to those who are 60 years of age or older. With the high cost of utilities, prescriptions, and medical needs while on a fixed income, senior citizens sometimes face the agonizing choice of either paying the necessary living items or purchasing food. When many seniors are already at an increased health risk, nutrition is of the utmost concern to help reduce colds and illnesses. The meals furnished through the Elderly Nutrition Program provide one-third the daily recommended nutritional requirements. The Elderly Nutrition Program offers a variety of meal or ’s lifestyle. Be realistic and make a meal choice that fits your lifestyle!
Senior Dining Sites are a place for seniors to go to socialize, meet new friends, join in fun activities, learn interesting facts, and receive a hot meal. Most dining sites are located in senior centers, senior housing facilities, churches, temples, or other community buildings. There are over 57 senior dining sites throughout the ten counties of Northwestern Ohio.
Most senior dining sites offer a hot noon-time meal daily,
Monday through Friday, except on major holidays. Some sites are only open two or three days per week. Most senior dining sites are open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For the exact time of service hours and time the meals are served, contact your local senior dining
One-day advanced reservations are required at all
senior dining sites.
Meals are funded in part by the Older Americans Act and are offered on a donation basis. Donations are voluntary and confidential. Most dining sites encourage a suggested donation. The suggested donations vary from county to county, but range from $1.75 to $3.00. Families may purchase gift meal coupons from most dining sites as well.
Evening meals and weekend meals are also provided at some sites. In Lucas County, evening meals are offered every Tuesday at the Margaret L. Hunt Senior Center at 5:00 pm. Sunday meals are offered in Lucas County at the Margaret L. Hunt Senior Center and Vistula Manor at 12:30 pm. Sunday meals are also available at the Eleanor Kahle Senior Center. Please contact Eleanor Kahle Senior Center for exact dates and time. Wood County offers evening meals every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the Wood County Senior Center in Bowling Green. As the other counties vary on days they offer evening meals, please call that particular county’s main senior center to obtain time and dates of the evening meals offered.
Menus are printed monthly for viewing. A few choices in the selection of your foods can be made. If you are on a Diabetic Diet or on a No Added Salt (4 g. Sodium) Diet, you can select to receive a low salt entree or a no concentrated sweet dessert. Wood County sites also offer a choice of entrees, as well as the choice of no concentrated sweets or no added salt items.
Transportation is provided to most senior dining sites. If you are unable to provide your own transportation to the senior dining sites, please call the site closest to you to request for transportation arrangements. In Lucas County, seniors may receive TARTA bus cards to use for transportation to the meal sites.
Nutrition Education is offered at the senior dining sites. Up-to-date nutrition information is provided to the seniors in fun and exciting ways. Other health screenings, counseling, fitness, and fun programs are also offered at many of the dining sites. Call your local senior dining site for their current listing of events.
Don’t sit home alone: come out to your local senior dining site to laugh, learn, eat, enjoy, and meet new friends! For more information about senior dining sites, call AOoA at 419-382-0624 ext. 153 or 1-800-472-7277, or to obtain a list of Senior Dining Sites. Click here.
With the varied needs of seniors, flexibility is the key. Persons 60 years of age or older who are homebound and unable to shop or prepare their own meals may be eligible for home delivered meals. Throughout the ten counties of Northwestern Ohio, nutritionally sound, hot home delivered meals are available for homebound seniors daily, Monday through Friday. Home delivered meals provide a daily visit to the homebound senior to offer a little socialization, a personal touch, and a visual check on their general well-being.
Home delivered meals are funded in part by the Older Americans Act and are offered on a donation basis. Donations are voluntary and confidential. A suggested donation is encouraged. The suggested donations vary from county to county, but range from $1.75 to $3.00. Families may purchase gift meal coupons from their local senior center to help defray the cost of the meals. Click here for a list of senior dining sites.
The meals are delivered by volunteers or paid van or Hot Shot
drivers depending on the county. Meals are delivered between
10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Menus are printed monthly for viewing. A few choices in the selection of your foods can be made. If you are on a Diabetic Diet or on a No Added Salt (4 g. Sodium) Diet, you can select to receive a low salt entree or a no concentrated dessert. Wood County home delivered meal clients also have a choice of entrees, as well as the choice of no concentrated sweets or no added salt items. Special diets are available in some counties.
“Heater meals” or shelf-stable are provided to each home delivered meal client to keep and use in case of an emergency when meals cannot be delivered due to the weather or other extenuating circumstances. Frozen meals maybe available for evening and weekend meals.
For Flexibility and to meet the nutritional
needs of homebound seniors, call your local senior center to obtain home delivered meals information.
For those homebound seniors with a very limited income and asset base, you may qualify for PASSPORT and receive your meals through the PASSPORT services. For more information
Home Delivered Meals, click here.
Some private organizations offer “Meals on Wheels” or home delivered meals. These private organizations charge a set fee for their services. Some offer one meal a day and others offer three meals per day. Some offer food choices and some offer therapeutic diets. They are delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday. Weekend meals are also available and would be delivered on Fridays. For more information on other Home Delivered Meal programs, click here.
The AOoA continues to search for ways to improve the nutritional status of area seniors. Many senior dining sites in Northwest Ohio are offering “Meals with Appeal”, which includes two fun days or ethnic meals per week. Activities are provided which coordinate with the meals to help stimulate and encourage fun and laughter.
Through Creativity AOoA strives to search for ways to improve the nutritional status of area seniors!
"Lettuce" tell you about another "berry" exciting program -
The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. No "beans" about it; this is an "apple" of an opportunity for many senior citizens to "endive" into "melons" of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables provided by local farmers throughout the 10 counties of Northwestern Ohio. For more information on the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, click here.