Many Senior Centers and other community sites serve a nutritious meal at lunch to older adults in a social setting. Meals are served at congregate meal sites, known as “Senior Community Cafes,” congregate meals or, simply, lunch. These meals are in senior centers, elderly housing facilities, schools, churches, restaurants and other community settings. In addition to a hot lunch, these programs offer participants opportunities for socialization and developing informal support networks.
Many of the meal sites are part of the Elderly Nutrition Program and provide nutritionally balanced meals to individuals 60 years of age and over and their spouses. The Elderly Nutrition Program also provides nutrition screening, assessment, education and counseling to help participants meet their nutritional need.
For eligible participants who are not able to travel to a Senior Community Café, home-delivered meals may be provided.
Some providers may offer alternative programs. For example, New Opportunities in the Greater Waterbury area established a Senior Dine Program, a partnership between the organization and restaurants in the area. Participants can dine at participating restaurants who then bill the agency for the meal.