How to Find Free Meal Delivery Programs

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A number of programs subsidize food and meal purchases and deliveries to older adults. While local requirements differ, recipients must generally have few valuable assets and meet fairly strict income guidelines -- the same requirements that qualify them to receive benefits under local Medicaid programs. Net monthly income must be at or below the federal poverty guidelines, currently about $902 per month for a household of one and $1,214 for a household of two in most locales.

To find free meal delivery programs, contact:

  • The Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which provides food directly to some low-income individuals over age 60 who live in one of the 39 states participating in the program. For information on eligibility and how to apply, go to the program's website.

  • Church and community groups, which frequently offer free meal delivery as a service to local residents in need. However, it can be a little difficult to track them down. For help with this, contact your Local Area Agency on Aging and ask for area programs offering free meal deliveries. Be aware that eligibility criteria and availability change frequently.

Also be sure to see our checklist covering What to Ask When You Call a Meal Delivery Service. And if the delivery services described here don't meet your needs, see Other Meal Options.

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over 6 years, said...

Sorry my crtieria does not permit although I get 1 175.per month over $800.00 out of pocket in order to even eat have to at this point accrued injury's blessed am still alive .Horrifing real traumas as well as pain anxiety PTSD yes can medicate however want to see & live life . I am one resousful man tought by the best to do so..however weR not in the bush or Up north MI dear hunting for venase & use all but the buzzerds eat. In a rural bind use to chef as well know what & how to do..U need the Food stuffs as called in order to proceed.with the one or less than one third after Rent ,Phone Sublaments etc.feel like a boooyee bobing keeping head above water. And I am the one blessed at least have a roof over my head escaped the other vices of life . Booze Ciggerettes sorry evolved & yet still am sruggling in this great country Give me the equipment& help with prep & can litealy feed Thousands. The very least High end Hundreds. God Bless America before another ression like the 70's or God forbid a Depression or will see I hopwe a hungry sloe I will feed if guven the oppertuity FREE..yes read the Happiness Project & You will Undersstand.

over 6 years, said...

Looking for free meals for, mother in law who has little income

almost 7 years, said...

It gave me a general idea of where to start looking in regard to meals