Food & Nutrition
Some may be looking for a good meal in the company of others; those who are disabled, have limited incomes or who cannot cook for themselves may need extra assistance. Among the services available to Philadelphia’s seniors are home-delivered meals; congregate meals at senior community centers; financial assistance; and information about food and nutrition. There are financial eligibility requirements for some of these services.
Click here for a print-ready Food Resource Guide for Philadelphia Older Adult.
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Any Philadelphia resident age 60 or over can go to a senior community center funded by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging to have a lunchtime meal. Donations are requested but not required.
Click here for a list of Senior Community Centers
Consumers can obtain home-delivered meals through a number of programs. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging provides home-delivered meals at no cost to consumers who qualify for the service.
Other services are available for those who don’t qualify for meals through PCA.
Individual agencies should be contacted for eligibility requirements.
Click here for a list of other home-delivered meals services
Free or discounted food is available for the needy from a variety of services, including soup kitchens which serve hot meals; food cupboards which provide free food; and organizations which provide discounted food in return for community service. There are also shopping services which will assist those who are incapacitated or need assistance.
Click here for a list of Food Cupboards and Kitchens
The online search engine and mobile app at http://www.Sheltr.org provides information on the closest available sources of emergency food and shelter in Philadelphia.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP (formerly the food stamp program) helps low-income people buy food.
For information on applying for nutrition assistance contact:The Philadelphia County Assistance Office
(The following link is a shortcut to another website)Click here for SNAP
Good nutrition is one of the most important elements in maintaining good health. (The following link is a shortcut to another area within this site) Click here for a list of newsletters on Nutrition, Health and Medication Management.
Long-Term Care Residents Share Favorite Recipes
For the PhiladelphiaLong Term Care Ombudsman Program’s recipe project, long-term care residents share favorite family recipes, including breads, breakfast foods, soups, entrees, and desserts. Enjoy this multi-cultural cookbook filled with flavorful recipes, "Defining Dining: It's About Me." Large-quantity versions of selected recipes are also available for use in long-term care and other large facilities. The recipe project is sponsored by the Philadelphia Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. Click Here>> for the recipe book.