The Dutchess County Office For The Aging prepares hot meals which are delivered to homebound older adults five days a week (Mon-Fri). The Home Delivered Meals Program allows older adults to remain in their homes and also provides them with daily socialization with the delivery person. Home visit assessments are made by personnel from the Nutrition Program to determine each person's eligibility. The Office for the Aging’s Home Delivered Meals program operates five days a week (Monday - Friday).
Frozen and/or shelf-stable meals are also available when circumstances warrant, including in event of official holidays and/or inclement weather.
For more information, call 845-486-2555 or email email@example.com.
To be eligible for Home Delivered Meals, an individual must meet the following guidelines:
Before meals can be started, Office for the Aging staff must conduct an in-home needs assessment. If the individual client meets these criteria, arrangements can be made for a short-term (6 to 8 weeks) or long-term program.
Volunteers deliver meals to homebound older adults countywide every weekday, and also serve as a second set of eyes to check on clients' well-being. We can work with your schedule, and mileage is reimbursed for HDM drivers using their personal vehicles to make deliveries. To learn more about volunteering as an HDM driver, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-486-2544.
Click here for a printable volunteer application (.pdf)
Several Meals on Wheels organizations operate in Dutchess County. Days of service and fees vary for each organization. Contact them directly at:
Shelf-stable box meals and frozen meals are some of the other offerings from the Dutchess County Office For The Aging. They're designed to provide for the special nutritional needs of the older adult population.
Frozen and shelf-stable meals allow meals to be delivered for more than one day at a time in difficult-to-reach locations. They also provide assurances that those in the program will not go hungry in the event of inclement weather.
Many supermarkets, grocery stores and farmers markets in Dutchess County offer online ordering, delivery, and/or curbside pickup services. Delivery areas are often limited by area and/or season, and delivery fees may apply.
Related: Food Safety for Older Adults - The FoodSafety.gov has 4 basic rules when preparing foods at home that will help keep you safe: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.