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Food, Meals and Nutrition

Through Aging and Disability Resource Centers and the senior service network, DCOA provides community dining and home delivered meals to seniors in the District, as well as dietary and nutrition education guidance.

Meal Services

Community Dining

DCOA offers hot, nutritious, and delicious meals in a group setting for older adults 60 years of age or older at many different sites throughout the District. These meals comply with Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the Secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Agriculture, and contain one-third of the recommended daily allowance of nutrients.  There are several cultural centers available throughout the city as well, including the Vida Center (Hispanic cuisine), the Asian Pacific Islander Center (pan-Asian cuisine), the DC Jewish Community Center (kosher meals), and the Kibar Center (Halal meals).  Lunch is available on Saturdays at the Washington Seniors Wellness Center.  

Individuals under age 60 may be eligible if they are the spouse of an older adult attending a community dining site or people with disabilities that resides in an older adults housing facility that hosts a community dining site.

To learn more or find a site near you, click here.

Community Dining Menus

Ward 2 and Ward 5

Ward 1, Ward 3, Ward 4, Ward 6, Ward 7 and Ward 8

Halal Menu

Asian and Pacific Islander

Home Delivered Meals

DCOA offers home delivered meals to older adults who are unable to shop for and/or prepare the food themselves, or travel to a community dining site where a meal is being served. These meals also comply with Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by the Secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Agriculture, and contain one-third of the recommended daily allowance of nutrients.

Individuals under age 60 may be eligible if they are the spouse of a homebound older adult or an individual with disabilities that resides with a homebound older adult. This service is also available on weekends.

Frail Homebound Menu

Nutrition Services

Nutrition Counseling

A registered and licensed dietitian or other health professional can offer education and suggestions for improving your nutritional status based on your needs. This one-on-one advice and guidance is provided to individuals who are at nutritional risk because of their nutritional history, current dietary intake, medication use, or chronic illnesses.

Nutrition Education

Nutrition education programs are provided to promote better health and well-being by providing accurate and culturally sensitive nutrition, physical fitness, or health information and instruction to participants and caregivers in a group or individual setting, supervised by a dietitian or other health professional.

For more information about our nutrition services, please contact Information Referral/Assistance (I&RA) (202) 724-5626.

Other Food and Nutrition Resources for Older Adults

            Participants receive a free, monthly food package of nutritious food; available for D.C. residents age 60 and older that meet the federal income guidelines.

            Participants of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program receive vouchers to use at certified local farmers markets from May 1 through November 30.

           Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, participants of SNAP receive monthly benefits to help pay for groceries.