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​Changes to In-Person Meal Programs as a Result of COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, changes to congregate meal programs have been made to keep both older adults and staff safe. 

These alternate meal services include grab-and-go and home-delivered meal options. While some areas may begin to offer limited in-person services, those alternate meal options will continue to be provided to ensure everyone who wants meal services is able to comfortably and safely get them.

If you or any older adult need meal or other supports, please call your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). You can find the AAA that supports your local area by using the Area Agency on Aging Locator.

Meals at Senior Community Centers

    • Meals are available at the over 500 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.

In-Home Meals

    • 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.