Congregate Meals Program
The Eating Together program provides a nutritious meal and companionship in over 36 sites in senior centers, community buildings and senior residences. The menus, planned as the main meal of the day, are made up of a variety of foods to provide at least one-third of the recommended daily nutritional needs. An example of a typical meal would be soup, chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, whole wheat bread, mixed fruit and tea or coffee. Seasonal favorites are included and special menus are offered for holidays. Reservations are required.
Meals are prepared and delivered by commercial caterers. Kosher meals are offered at several sites. No salt is added to the food and detailed nutrition information is available to assist those on special diets. A registered dietitian regularly offers free nutrition education and counseling at various sites.
Baltimore County residents aged 60 and over and their spouses of any age are eligible to participate in this program and are asked to make a voluntary, anonymous donation. Younger persons may also participate, but are required to pay the full cost of the meal. Meal costs are as follows:
- Regular meal – $4.29
- Regular super special meal – $5.69
Recommended contribution: regular meal program – $2.50
- Kosher regular meal – $6.60
- Kosher super special meal – $9.73
Recommended contribution: Kosher meal program – $3.50
Contributions are voluntary, anonymous and based on ability to contribute. All contributions are used to enable the program to serve as many meals as possible. Eating Together is part of the congregate meals program which serves approximately 150 million meals to seniors each year across the nation.
"The Eating Together program helps to alleviate loneliness; it's great for socialization and helps with budgeting. Coming to the site fulfills your day."
Nutrition education is offered regularly at sites where Eating Together meals are served. Nutrition education provides a basis for making informed choices and setting realistic nutritional goals. For more information, download a brochure (PDF) or contact the MAP office by calling 410-887-2594.