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Congregate Meals Program

Eating Together

This program provides nutritious meals and companionship at over 35 Eating Together locations 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. Menu calendars for Regular Meals (PDF), Kosher Evening Meals (PDF) and Kosher Midday Meals (PDF) are available each month. Seasonal favorites are included and special menus are offered for holidays. Reservations are required. Please reserve your meal by 10:15 a.m. on the dates listed on the menu calendar.

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.

Costs and Contributions

Meal costs are as follows:

  • Regular meal—$4.36
  • Box meal—$4.87
  • Regular super special meal—$5.79

Recommended contribution: regular meal program—$2.50

  • Kosher regular meal—$6.93
  • Kosher super special meal—$10.22

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."

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program 

The Maryland Department of Agriculture administers the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) to provide eligible seniors with coupon books that can be exchanged for fresh, local foods at farmers markets. To receive a coupon book of six checks each worth $5 for a total of $30 at a Baltimore County distribution site, individuals must qualify based on the following three criteria:

  • Income: Must be below 185% of federal poverty level and participant must certify income eligibility on application form
  • Residency: Must provide proof of residency in Baltimore County
  • Age: Must be age 60 or older

Checks can only be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, cut herbs and honey at farmers markets.

Eligible persons can send a proxy to pick up their coupons if they are unable to arrange transportation to a site, however, the eligible person must print and sign the English or Russian proxy application in advance. The proxy must also bring proof of the eligible person's age and Baltimore County residency (photo identification preferred).

SFMNP coupon books will be distributed at the following locations on Friday, July 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. Please note: Quantities at each site are limited.  

  • Council District 1: Hillcrest Elementary School, 1500 Frederick Road, Catonsville, Maryland 21228
  • Council District 2: Pikesville Middle School, 7701 Seven Mile Lane, Pikesville, Maryland 21208
  • Council District 3: Warren Elementary School, 900 Bosley Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
  • Council District 4: Windsor Mill Middle School, 8300 Windsor Mill Road, Windsor Mill, Maryland 21244
  • Council District 5: Perry Hall Middle School, 4300 Ebenezer Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21236
  • Council District 6: Glenmar Elementary School, 9700 Community Drive, Middle River, Maryland 21220
  • Council District 7: Dundalk and Sollers Point High Schools, 1901 Delvale Avenue, Dundalk, Maryland 21222

Please call 410-887-3052 for information. Do not contact the schools directly.

Nutrition Education

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 an Eating Together Brochure (PDF) or contact the MAP office by calling 410-887-2594.

 
Revised May 23, 2018         

 

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