Congregate Meals Program
The Eating Together program provides a nutritious meal and companionship in over 38 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. See a video of how the food is prepared.
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 – $4.44
- Regular super special meal – $6.66
Recommended contribution: regular meal program – $2.50
- Kosher regular meal – $5.48
- Kosher super special meal – $8.23
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."
Seniors Farmers’ Market Coupon Books To Be Distributed July 9
Farmers’ Market Coupon Books are provided by the U.S Department of Agriculture and administered in Maryland by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Maryland Department of Aging. The purpose of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is to:
- Provide fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets to low-income seniors.
- Increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers’ markets.
- Develop or aid in the development of new farmers’ markets.
This year, coupon books will be distributed at seven locations around Baltimore County on Thursday, July 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. or until the supply runs out. The coupon book has a value of $30 and can be used at farmers’ markets throughout the State of Maryland. Due to demand, only one coupon book is provided per household.
In order to receive Farmers’ Market Coupon Books, the recipient:
- Must be 60 years of age or older (proof of age required)
- Must be a resident of Baltimore County, Maryland
- Must meet Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Income Eligibility Guidelines
If individuals are unable to get to a distribution site on July 9, a proxy can be sent on their behalf. The proxy must download and complete the Farmers’ Market Application (PDF). The recipient must sign the application and have the proxy bring it to the distribution site with photo identification and proof of age and residence for the recipient. Proxies can only get a coupon book for one individual. The proxy must agree to help the recipient get to the farmers' market to shop for the produce and use the coupons.
- Council District 1: Hillcrest Elementary School, 1500 Frederick Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21228
- Council District 2: Owings Mills High School, 124 Tollgate Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21117
- Council District 3: Cockeysville Branch, Baltimore County Public Library, 9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
- Council District 4: Windsor Mill Middle School, 8300 Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
- Council District 5: Perry Hall Middle School, 4300 Ebenezer Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21236
- Council District 6: Middle River Middle School, 800 Middle River Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21220
- Council District 7: Patapsco High School, 8100 Wise Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21222
Call the Baltimore County Maryland Access Point Office at 410-887-2594 with questions. Individuals unable to obtain tickets on July 9 may call 410-887-3052 after July 10 and ask to be put on a waiting list. Please do not contact the schools directly.
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.
Revised May 18, 2015