People age 60 or older and their spouses, and handicapped or disabled people under age 60 who live in housing facilities occupied primarily by the elderly if they:
a. Have physical, emotional, or cognitive impairments, or have inadequate kitchen facilities, resulting in an inability to prepare nutritionally adequate meals.
b. Are unable to attend congregate meal sites.
c. Have no one to help with meal preparation.
No income eligibility test is required.
Note: Home-delivered meals are also offered through the home care program for elders. This is an integrated program that offers a broad range of services that includes case management, homemaker/personal care, companion service and respite care, and more.
How To Apply
There are elder nutrition agencies located throughout Massachusetts. To find the nearest agency, call EOEA at 1-800-882-2003.
Call the local Council on Aging or Aging Services Access Point. The local agency can refer clients to congregate meal sites in their area over the telephone. Clients do not have to go to the agency office to apply.
The agency will direct clients to call the site manager to let them know when they will be coming to that meal site. If clients call before noon, they will be able to receive a meal.
If the client needs home-delivered meals, a program representative will arrange an appointment to meet with the client at home for a home-delivered meal assessment.
Clients who appear to need additional services will be referred to a home-care program that will provide home-delivered meals in conjunction with other services.
If the client's only need is home-delivered meals, a service plan will be developed based on nutritional needs. For example, a client may need frozen weekend meals in addition to weekday delivery.
A donation of approximately $1.50-$2.25 is requested, but not required. All donations are strictly confidential.