HCS Nutrition Programs for Older Adults…more than a meal!
Meals on Wheels serves 400 seniors in Cheshire County every day. The service is much more than a meal, it is also a vital safety check for seniors who live alone and are homebound. More than 103,000 meals were delivered last year to our friends and neighbors in Cheshire County.
Meals on Wheels can help seniors and individuals with disabilities stay independent at home by providing good nutrition. Meals on Wheels are often needed for a short period of time after a hospitalization. Meals on Wheels are available in many Cheshire County communities. For those with special needs, breakfast bags, weekend meals and special diets are also available.
Meals on Wheels are currently served in Chesterfield, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Hinsdale, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Rindge, Sullivan, Swanzey, Troy, Westmoreland and Winchester. Requests in other towns are considered on a case by case basis. Please call for availability.
An outreach worker or nurse from Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services makes a home visit to explain the program and determine eligibility. Seniors able to get out are encouraged to come to our Friendly Meals Community Dining for Seniors program.
Meals on Wheels is provided on a donation system. An envelope is provided weekly for a confidential donation. The actual cost of providing the meal is $8.00; we appreciate a donation of $3.00 to defray the cost of the meal and delivery.
Good food & good company…that’s what’s served at the Friendly Meals.
The Friendly Meals is a community dining program for seniors (those 60 & over, and their spouses, even if they are under age 60). The Friendly Meals is for seniors who would like to enjoy company with their lunch. The meals are an opportunity to get reacquainted with others in the community or to make new friends.
Friendly Meals are served at Noon at the following locations. Come early, the coffee pot is on! Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services at (603) 352-2253 by Noon one day in advance.
Dining rooms open Monday through Friday:
Keene – two locations
Garden Cafe at HCS, 312 Marlboro Street
Harper Acres, Castle Street – residents only
Millstream Community Center, Main Street
Meadowood Friendly Meals, Bowkerville Road
Dining rooms open weekly:
Senior Center, 70 Court Street (on Wednesdays only)
Dining rooms open monthly:
VFW Post, Hathorn Road – 3rd Thursday of every month
Community House, Main Street – 2nd Thursday of every month (except August)
Odd Fellows Hall, Church Street – 1st Tuesday of most months
4th Friday of most months
Call for location information – 352-2253 – 4th Tuesday of most months
Fellowship Hall – 3rd Tuesday of the month, September through June
The Friendly Bus is available to provide daily transportation to the Friendly Meals dining location at the Garden Cafe in Keene. Friendly Bus service is available periodically to the Friendly Meals dining rooms in Hinsdale and Troy. Call the bus office at 352-8494.