"More Than a Meal"
In 2017, community dining centers participating in the Wisconsin Elderly Nutrition Program served approximately 1.5 million meals to older adults in Wisconsin and approximately 2.3 million meals were delivered to homebound seniors throughout the state via this program. State and federal funds along with donations from participants support the program.
Both nutrition options highlighted below are available to individuals age 60 or older, regardless of income. No fee is charged, but all individuals are encouraged to donate toward the meal. Meals provide a minimum of one-third of the daily nutritional needs for an older adult and follow the most updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Special diets may be provided upon medical recommendation.
Community Dining Centers
There are approximately 505 Senior Dining Center locations in Wisconsin. Older adults age 60 and older in each county and tribe can enjoy a hot, nutritious meal in a friendly atmosphere. Many dining centers serve meals Monday through Friday around the noon, but days and times open can vary. Dining centers also sponsor programs on health, nutrition education, and other consumer issues. Note that some locations may require reservations 24 hours in advance. Donations are encouraged.
Where can I find a Senior Dining Center in Wisconsin? (Doc) Newcomers are welcome.
Home Delivered Meals
Home delivered meals are available to older adults who are homebound due to health reasons, and physically or emotionally unable to travel for a meal with others. The nutrition program coordinator will coordinate a home visit for interested individuals to explain the program and determine eligibility for this service. Meals are delivered by sensitive, caring volunteer and paid staff drivers who are concerned with the well-being of the individual. Special containers ensure that when the meal arrives, it is hot and ready to eat. In some cases, individuals can opt to receive frozen meals to reheat at a later time.
For more information on how to participate and to locate dining centers in your area, please contact your County or Tribal Nutrition Program.
Interested in volunteering?
You may contact your local nutrition program for more information.
Additional Food, Meals, and Nutrition Information
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program
- Food Pantry Assistance
- FoodShare Wisconsin
- Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
Resources for Nutrition Program Providers