Stay Healthy and Independent With the Senior Nutrition Program

February 28, 2024 at 3:32 p.m.
Learn about the Senior Nutrition Program
Learn about the Senior Nutrition Program

This article is courtesy of the Social Security Administration

Are you eligible for Social Security retirement benefits or already receiving them? Did you know that you can also receive healthy meals and other nutrition services through the National Senior Nutrition Program?

Local meal programs in communities across the country are waiting to serve you.

As we age, we have different needs, different ways we take care of our health, and different nutrients we need to get from food. But we don't always have enough healthy food or the desire to prepare or eat a meal. Whether you need more food, healthier food, someone to share a meal with, or just want to learn about good eating habits, a meal program can help.

Every day, senior nutrition programs serve almost one million meals to people age 60 and older. With home-delivered and group meal options, you can get the food you need in a way that works best for you. 

Senior nutrition programs can:
  • Help you avoid missed meals – and save time and money with less shopping and cooking.
  • Offer opportunities to connect and socialize, which can help improve your mental and physical health.
  • Teach you how to create a healthy eating plan. You can learn about healthy food recommendations based on your age, unique needs, and preferences.
  • Connect you with other resources like transportation or homemaker services. This helps you stay connected and engaged in your community.

It's no surprise that nine out of ten participants would recommend a senior nutrition program to a friend. 

Find a senior nutrition program in your area by visiting Eldercare Locator (

The Senior Nutrition Program is administered by the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

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