Meals at Senior Community Centers
- Meals are available at nearly 600 Senior Community Centers throughout Pennsylvania.
- Nutritious meals are available to individuals age 60 and older and their spouses.
- Meals are usually served once a day around noon.
- Meals meet the needs of people who watch their diet because of heart disease or diabetes.
- Meals are provided free of charge but consumers may choose to give a donation.
- Call the center in your area to make a reservation or stop in to see what the center has to offer you.
- Meals can be delivered to an eligible individual's home.
- The individual or a family member is interviewed to determine eligibility.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Eligible seniors can use these benefits to buy food at local grocery stores and supermarkets.
- Seniors participating in the SNAP program are also eligible for monthly food boxes.
- Contact the SNAP helpline at 1-877-999-5967 to get started.
ElderShare & Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
- Low-income, eligible seniors can receive a box of nutritious food monthly from local distribution sites.
- Each box contains nutrient-rich foods like shelf-stable milk, juice, grain, protein, and canned fruits and vegetables.
- ElderShare is hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Foodbank while CSFP is a federal, USDA program.
- Contact the Central Pennsylvania Foodbank directly at 717-564-1700 or reach out to your local AAA using the link below.
Pennsylvania Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
- This program provides low-income older adults with four checks to buy fresh farm food grown in Pennsylvania.
- The age requirement is 60 years or older
- The senior must meet eligibility guidelines
- Each eligible senior may receive four $5.00 checks for a total benefit of $20.00 one time during the program year.
- Married couples are eligible to receive eight $5.00 checks for a total benefit of $40.00 one time during the program year.
For more information about meal programs in your area, use the Area Agency on Aging Locator and contact the AAA serving your local county.