Nutrition Servces for Consumers
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Nutrition Services for Older Adults and Caregivers

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Home Delivered Meals
Looking for short or long-term assistance with meals at home? This program offers in-home meal services through local providers.

Who Can Participate?

 

​Maryland residents who are homebound and at least 60 or older, and their spouse of any age.

  • There are no income or asset restrictions
  • Participants are requested to donate toward the cost of their meal; no one is denied service due to their inability to pay
  • Services target older individuals with the greatest social and economic need and those at risk of institutional placement
Meals may be offered to persons with disabilities regardless of age when:
  • The individual with disabilities resides in a housing facility occupied primarily by older persons at which congregate meals are available 
  • The individual with disabilities resides at home with and accompanies an eligible older person to a congregate meal site
  • Or the individual with disabilities resides at home with a homebound, eligible, older person.​

Services Provided

 

Each meal meets 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Intake for older adults  and​  2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines

Nutrition screening and education are provided and nutrition counseling may be available. 

Services Vary by location, Click here​ to find a program location near you. 
 
Group Dining (also called Congregate Nutrition or Senior Center Meals)
Offered in more than 250 locations across Maryland. Meal sites offer an opportunity to meet new friends and engage in other social or health-related programs including nutrition education, physical activity, and health screening.

Who Can Participate?

 

Maryland residents who are at least 60 or older, and their spouse of any age.

  • There are no income or asset restrictions
  • Participants are requested to donate toward the cost of their meal; no one is denied service due to their inability to pay
  • Services target older individuals with the greatest social and economic need and those at risk of institutional placement
Meals may be offered to persons with disabilities regardless of age when:
  • The individual with disabilities resides in a housing facility occupied primarily by older persons at which congregate meals are available 
  • The individual with disabilities resides at home with and accompanies an eligible older person to a congregate meal site
  • Or the individual with disabilities resides at home with a homebound, eligible, older person.​​

Services Provided

 

Each meal meets 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Intake for older adults  and​  2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines

Nutrition screening and education are provided and nutrition counseling may be available. 

Services Vary by location, Click here​ to find a program location near you. ​​

My Groceries To Go! (Commodity Supplemental Food Program)
A Maryland Department of Aging initiative in partnership with Maryland Food Bank that provides vital nutrition and education to low-income seniors. 

Who Can Participate?

 

Maryland residents who are at least 60 or older who meet 130% Federal poverty income guidelines.​​

Services Provided

 
  • ​​Monthly distribution locations throughout the Baltimore area (call the food bank at 410-737-8282 and ask for the CSFP Program Coordinator)
  • Provides a box of healthy canned fruits, juices, and vegetables, protein foods (beans, peanut butter, canned meats), milk, and cheese each month. 
  • Nutrition and health education materials are included with the food boxes 
  • Planned program expansion to Montgomery County in 2018 and additional jurisdictions in future years

Learn More

Non-Discrimination Policy

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.​

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program 
This program offers low-income adults 60 and over coupons that can be exchanged for applicable food at participating farmers' markets. 

Who Can Participate?

 

Maryland residents who are at least 60 or older who meet these income guidelines.​ 

Services Provided

 

Eligible persons receive coupons which can be exchanged for eligible foods (fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs) at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs. 

  • ​Provides $30 worth of coupons per eligible person
  • Nutrition education is included
  • Distributions generally occur in early July each year​

Learn More

 

Contact your Local Area Agency on Aging to find a location and times for Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program coupon distribution near you. 

Non-Discrimination Policy

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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  Learn More About Nutrition!

Learn More About Nutrition

 

​Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

  • Information and guidance to help maintain a nutritious diet and overall health

  • ​Resources to support older adults in maintaining healthy nutrition

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