Elder Nutrition Services
The Council on Aging, working with groups of seniors and contractors, helps to make healthy meals available to elders in Rutland and Bennington Counties.
Meal options include:
Community Luncheon Sites
For those elders able to get out, nutritious meals are served at various locations in both counties. Luncheon sites vary in their days of operation but each one offers an opportunity to share in good food and good company. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the site. For more information and site locations, call the Council at 1-800-642-5119.
Meals on Wheels
Luncheon meals are delivered to individual's homes by friendly volunteers and staff who help to provide the support that elders may need to continue living independently in their own homes. Meals on Wheels are available to persons 60 or older who experience food insecurity and are permanently or temporarily incapacitated. They are also available to persons under 60 with a disability who reside with or are in the care of an individual receiving home delivered meals. To arrange for meals, call the Council at 1-800-642-5119.
Morning Meals on Wheels are available to some nutritionally at risk elders in Rutland County, thanks, in part, to funding from the Rutland County United Way. Also available are Blizzard Bags, shelf stable meals, packaged for use for use in weather-related or other emergencies.
Meals served in both programs are low in fat and sodium and provide 1/3 of the daily recommended dietary allowance for adults aged 60 and older and comply with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Most are designed to be carbohydrate balanced in accordance with new diabetic guidelines Other dietary modifications are available on a limited basis.
All of the above meal programs are also available to the spouse of an eligible participant and to persons under 60 years old who reside in senior housing where congregate meals are provided. Under a special arrangement with the Vermont Center for Independent Living, home delivered meals may be available to persons under 60 with a disability. Anyone interested in exploring this possibility may call VCIL at 1-800-639-1522.