Home Delivered Meals Program
Toll Free (800) 642-6990
Not to be confused with “Meals on Wheels”; the Franklin County Area Agency on Aging operates their own Home Delivered Meal services from each of its’ eight Senior Activity Centers throughout the county. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday, and are either delivered hot daily, or frozen; delivered in quantities of 5 each week or 10 every two weeks; depending on how close consumer lives to a Senior Activity Center.
Persons may request an assessment for Home Delivered Meals by contacting the Area Agency on Aging and completing the intake process with the Information and Referral staff on duty. Aging staff can also provide information about any other home delivered meal services available in the county.
Program at a Glance
Federally funded program; funds administered through the Pennsylvania Department on Aging for all Pennsylvanians 60 and up. Meals provide 1/3 of the daily recommended nutrition allowances for a healthy older adult; meals approved by a dietician to meet federal program guidelines.
No income eligibility requirements; no charge for meals; consumer donations for continued support of the program encouraged via monthly statements of service.
Home delivered meals require an assessment to be completed at consumer’s home to determine eligibility, with annual re-assessment for continued service.
Nutrition education materials provided bi-annually to each consumer receiving meals.
• The consumer is 60 years of age or over.
• The consumer is a resident of Franklin County.
• Consumer is not able to drive or has no alternative means of transportation.
Some Other Factors Used to Determining Eligibility
• Consumer is determined to be homebound and physically unable to prepare meals independently due to temporary or permanent illness or disability.
• Consumer lives alone and is unable to prepare meals independently
• Consumer is not able to attend a senior center due to physical or mental conditions or inability to access transportation services.
• A consumer’s financial situation and income is such that purchasing food may be a hardship and attending a senior center for a meal is not an option.
The above is an overview some criteria to determine eligibility for home delivered meals. Each consumer’s situation is assessed on an individual basis to determine if home delivered meals are needed or if a consumer is at “nutritional risk”.