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The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Aging Nutrition

About Nutrition Services

Home delivered meals are one type of nutrition service offered by the aging network.Nearly 116,000 older Ohioans benefit annually from community nutrition program services provide through more than $54 million from federal, state and local sources. More than $30 million of that comes from local sources, including nearly $6 million through voluntary contributions by consumers. Most nutrition providers are private, non-profit agencies that serve meals at senior centers and other community locations.


Nutrition program services are available to all Ohioans age 60 and older in each of Ohio's 88 counties. However, availability may vary locally and priority is given to frail, homebound or isolated older adults and consumers.

Available Services

Home delivered meals, perhaps better known to many as "meals on wheels," provide safe and nutritious meals delivered to the doors of older Ohioans. These meals are crucial to individuals who have limited mobility, are homebound or lack transportation.

Congregate meals provide safe and nutritious meals, as well as provide opportunities for social interaction and activity. Sites include senior centers, churches and other community focal points.

Nutrition health screening determines a person's level of nutritional risk. Screeners identify potential interventions and refer individuals to local resources.

Nutrition education provides elders and their caregivers with information and resources on nutrition, health and wellness topics.

Nutrition consultation pairs elders with a a licensed dietitian for personalized nutrition assessments, education, counseling and intervention planning. (Not available in all areas.)

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, available in many counties, provides coupons for older residents. Coupons can be redeemed for fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs and honey from authorized farmers at farmers' markets and roadside stands.

Contact your area agency on aging or local senior center for information on nutrition program services in your area.