Aging: Elder Nutrition Program

We’re on a mission to make senior dining “more than a meal.” Each year, we get meals to millions of older adults in Wisconsin. People aged 60 or older can get either:

  • Meals in senior dining centers (called Senior Dining).
  • Meals sent to their home.

The Elder Nutrition Program uses state and federal funds, plus contributions, to make it happen. We do ask people who get meals to donate if they can.

All meals:

  • Follow the most updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We can adjust meals for certain diets if needed for a medical reason.
  • Provide at least one-third of daily nutrition needs for older adults.

Senior dining centers "More Than a Meal"

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Our senior dining centers give older adults a place to enjoy a fresh, healthy meal with others. Centers offer a space for community and friendship. There are almost 500 senior dining centers in Wisconsin. You should know:

  • Centers welcome contributions for meals.
  • Most centers serve meals Monday through Friday at around noon. Days and times can vary.
  • Most centers also sponsor programs on health, nutrition, and other topics.
  • Some centers ask you to reserve a spot at least 24 hours before your meal.

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Home-delivered meals

Home-delivered meals are for older adults who must stay at home. It may be hard to travel due to health or other reasons. You should know:

  • A nutrition program coordinator first will schedule a home visit. They’ll explain the program and make sure the older adult is eligible.
  • Caring volunteers and paid staff drivers deliver meals to homes.
  • Meals come in special containers. They make sure the meal is fresh and ready to eat. In some cases, people can opt to get frozen meals to reheat later.

To learn more or volunteer, contact your county or Tribal nutrition program.

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Last Revised: July 19, 2022