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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.