Home-delivered meal programs are designed to meet the nutritional needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities who have difficulty preparing meals on their own. Depending on the program you choose, you may be able to order meals to be delivered on a daily basis or in advance; have liquid or chopped meals, if needed; or have meals that accommodate any special dietary needs or preferences.
In Iowa, home-delivered meals can be coordinated through your local Area Agency on Aging, where registered dietitians plan and review menus. These meals are usually delivered on a fairly regular schedule and are available to individuals who meet age or eligibility guidelines.
Home-delivered meal programs may also be sponsored by religious organizations or community groups, or purchased through a for-profit meal delivery service. Restaurants and grocery stores may also deliver meals on an as-needed basis for little or no cost other than that of the food itself.
How do I pay for a home meal program?
Most meal programs that are subsidized by federal, state or local agencies are inexpensive or free, and are available to people of any income level. Some ask for a suggested donation. For-profit meal programs may be paid for by Medicare, Medicaid or other insurance plans.