Food & Nutrition

 Mobility or financial issues can make it harder for older Americans to fulfill their nutritional needs, but there are services available to help you get the food you require.

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In New Jersey, there are a number of programs that help seniors access healthy, nutritious food. These include:

  • Home-delivered meals (meals delivered to your door),
  • Congregate meals (meals served at a community site, such as a senior center)
  • Nutrition counseling (learning how to tailor your nutrition to your needs)
  • Nutrition education programs (learning how to live a nutritious life)
  • NJ SNAP (financial assistance for food)
  • Farmers' market vouchers (money that can be spent at your local farmers' market)

Home-delivered meals provide healthy food to homebound seniors and help them stay in contact with members of their community. To learn more about your local program, call the ADRC hotline at 1-877-222-3737, or click here and follow the instructions to narrow by county.

Congregate meal programs offer meals in a group setting, often at a senior center or municipal building. To find the program nearest you, call the ADRC hotline at 1-877-222-3737, or click here {1} and follow the instructions to narrow by county.

Congregate meal sites can also offer nutrition counselling and education to promote healthy habits. To learn more about what services are available to you, call the ADRC hotline at 1-877-222-3737 or enquire at your local senior center.

New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, NJ SNAP, can provide food assistance to people to help them buy groceries through a benefits card accepted in most food stores and some farmers’ markets. People age 60 and older have relaxed eligibility requirements: find out if you are eligible by using the Department of Human Service's NJ Help tool. SNAP eligibility is also screened through DoAS’ NJSave application, which can help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs, and other living expenses.

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs to eligible New Jerseyans 60 years of age and older. To learn if you are eligible or to enroll in this program, call the ADRC hotline at 1-877-222-3737 or contact your local Area Agency on Agency.