Home Delivered Meals

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The Home-Delivered Nutrition Services of the Lancaster County Council on Aging provides meals and related nutrition services for older individuals who are homebound. Home-delivered meals are often the first in-home service that an older adult receives, and the program is a primary access point for other home- and community-based services.

The program serves frail, homebound, or isolated individuals who are age 60 and over, and in some cases, their caregivers, spouses, and/or persons with disabilities.

Recent data from the National Survey of OAA Participants illustrates how the Home-Delivered Nutrition Programs are effectively targeting services:

  • 69% of individuals served by this program are 75 years or older
  • The average age of a participant is 79 years old
  • More than 60% of participants indicate that a home-delivered meal provides one-half or more of their total food for the day
  • 91% of participants say that home-delivered meals help them to stay in their own home
  • More than 50% of all participants live alone

This program serves much more than food. It provides a safety check, and sometimes the only opportunity for face-to-face contact or conversation that day.

98% of seniors responding to a recent satisfaction survey report that receiving home delivered meals helps them stay in their homes.

One client stated "Everything is so nice. Thank you for your service"