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Home Delivered Meals

Home delivered meals are available to seniors who are unable to leave their homes due to illness, disability or frailty and are also unable to prepare meals. Pre-packed meals are distributed daily and for emergency use. Nutrition assessments and nutrition counseling may also be provided to homebound elders.

Congregate Meals

Congregate Meals differ in that they are served in community settings such as senior centers, churches or senior housing communities. These meal sites offer an opportunity to meet new or old friends and engage in social activities while having a nutritious meal. Most sites offer a hot lunch, however some offer evening meals. There are over 250 congregate meal sites throughout the state.


Go to the Maryland Department of Aging web site for more information about home delivered and congregate meals: http://www.aging.maryland.gov/Pages/Nutrition.aspx

Persons interested in nutrition services should contact their local Maryland Access Point office.


Medline Plus, an internet resource from the National Institute of Health, has nutrition resources as well as tips for maintaining good nutrition and shopping wisely for seniors at the following web site: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/nutritionforseniors.html.



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