- Services For Seniors
- Protective Services
- Emergency Resources
- Benefits and Insurance
- Care at Home
- Caregiver Support
- Food & Meals
- Health & Wellness
- Housing Resources
- Legal Assistance
- Mental & Behavioral Health
- Senior Centers
If cooking, shopping, or being able to afford to buy food is challenging, help is available.
Having healthy, flavorful and satisfying meals is important in maintaining both physical and emotional well-being. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging provides home-style, home-delivered meals at no cost to senior citizens (age 60 and older) living in Philadelphia who qualify for this service.* Home-delivered meals are also available for purchase at very reasonable prices. Menu options include heart and diabetic-friendly, low sodium, kosher, and pureed meals. All of the meals include fresh fruit, milk, an entrée, and dessert, and meet one-third of the Dietary Reference Intakes of older adults.
Meals arrive hot or frozen depending on the individual’s needs.
*Some of the eligibility requirements include: the inability to cook, food shop, or attend congregate meal programs; living alone and not having someone available who can help prepare meals; lacking the financial resources to meet nutritional needs.
For more details, or to request an assessment to determine eligibility, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.
There are also several community-based providers of home-delivered meals.
There are shopping services which will assist those who are incapacitated or unable to shop for themselves. Some are volunteer; others provide the service for a fee.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Formerly known as food stamps, this government-funded program helps low-income people buy food. For information about eligibility, and to apply, call:
The Philadelphia County Assistance Office
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.
Emergency Food Resources
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.