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.
Seniors Farmers' Market Coupon Distribution July 8
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 Friday, July 8, 2016 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.
Requirements to Receive a Coupon Book
To receive Farmers' Market coupon books, the recipient:
- Must be 60 years of age and older (proof of age required);
- Must be a resident of Baltimore County, Maryland;
- Must meet the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program Income Eligibility Guidelines;
- Must complete a current SFMNP application (PDF) (Also available at distribution locations).
Proxys may apply on behalf of a participant, as long as the following documentation is provided:
- A completed copy of a current SFMNP application (PDF), which has been signed by the senior recipient;
- A copy of the senior recipient’s photo identification;
- The proxy's photo identification.
The proxy may redeem coupons for an individual, eligible participant.
Farmers Market Coupon Books will only be distributed at the following seven locations on Friday, July 8, 2016:
Senior Farmers' Market Coupon Distribution Locations
Council District 1
Hillcrest Elementary School
Council District 2
Owings Mills Elementary School
Council District 3
Cockeysville Branch, Baltimore County Public Library
Council District 4
Windsor Mill Middle School
Council District 5
Perry Hall Middle School
Council District 6
Middle River Middle School
Council District 7
Patapsco High School
After July 8, you can call the Baltimore County Department of Aging Nutrition Office to have your name placed on a waiting list. Contact the Baltimore County Maryland Access Point Office at 410-887-2594 if you have any questions. Please do not contact the schools directly.
Revised May 25, 2016