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Senior Meals and Nutrition

CVCOA's nutrition program contributes directly to the ongoing health and well-being of older Central Vermonters. It consists of two parts: Meals on Wheels (MOW), which are home-delivered meals, and community meals.

Meals on Wheels keep high-risk older adults, who often have chronic health conditions, safer and healthier in their own homes. Volunteers deliver more than nutritious meals. Their in-person visits create a trusting relationship that helps reduce social isolation and depression.

To be eligible for Meals on Wheels, you must be 60+ and unable to leave the home without considerable difficulty or assistance, and experiencing a physical or mental condition making you unable to obtain food or prepare a meal. This could be an ongoing condition, or a temporary one due to rehab or a recent hospital release.

Community meals at one of our local meal sites provide a wonderful opportunity to socialize while enjoying a nutritious meal.

We partner with 15 different meal sites to prepare and serve nutritious meals. We encourage you to contact the meal site directly to register for Meals on Wheels to make a reservation for the community meal. To find your meal site, visit: Meals on Wheels in Your Town

While there is no charge for the meal for those 60+, each meal site has a suggested donation for MOWs and the community meal. Guests under 60 at the community meals are charged.

This year, over 200,000 meals will be prepared, ensuring the well-being of more than 1,700 seniors. A registered dietitian reviews all menus to ensure that meals prepared with CVCOA’s support provide older adults with the nutrition needed for good health.

Volunteers help make our MOW and community meals possible. To help make a difference, Volunteer!

Other Resources:

We can help you to connect with several other meal and food programs to keep you eating well by calling the CVCOA Helpline at 1-802-477-1364:

  • 3SquaresVT provides a monthly benefit to help stretch your food budget.  For more details,visit:3SquaresVT Resource Hub: Hunger Free VT (*If you are eligible for 3SquaresVT, you may also be eligible for Fuel Assistance) and 3SquaresVT60plus
    • The 2022 cost of living increase to social security benefits may affect some households' eligibility for 3Squares VT. Click here to learn more about the recent changes or call the CVCOA Helpline at 1-802-477-1364 if you have questions about the benefits you're receiving. 
  • Commodities Supplemental Food Program provides free monthly food to lower income older adults
  • Food shelves provide additional food when your budget is tight

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