Last updated 10/1/2021
Congregate Nutrition provides free meals, typically lunch, in a group setting. This program is usually for older adults who may be at risk for nutritional deficits and social isolation without assistance. For those who are homebound and unable to travel to meal sites, the home delivered meal program may be able to help.
Who is eligible for congregate nutrition services?
Congregate nutrition services are available to those 60 and older and their spouses. There is special eligibility for people with disabilities who live with an eligible senior. Applicants should check with their local provider to confirm eligibility requirements.
How can I find congregate nutrition services?
How has congregate nutrition changed during COVID-19?
Many services either started home delivered meal programs or served to-go.
Who is eligible for home delivered meals?
Home Delivered Meals provides free meals, typically lunch, to homebound older adults, people with disabilities and others who have difficulties shopping and/or preparing food for themselves or travel to meal sites.
Due to COVID-19, many services which were serving hot meals daily switched over to weekly frozen meal packets.
How can I apply for home delivered meals?
To find services in your area, visit nc211.org and search type “congregate meal” in the search box or choose “food” in the category search. You can also CLICK HERE to find the contact information for your local provider.
Need more information?
Dial 2-1-1 or 1-888-892-1162 to speak with a trained call specialist, available 24/7/365.