HCS Nutrition Programs for Older Adults…more than a meal!


Meals on Wheels menu:  January 2018

Friendly Meals menu:   January 2018


Meals on Wheels Cheshire CountyMeals 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.



meals on wheels, senior nutritionOur Meals on Wheels program is a proud member of Meals on Wheels America.





Good food & good company…that’s what’s served at the Friendly Meals.

Friendly Meals lunches are served in Keene, Troy, Marlow, Marlborough, Jaffrey, Stoddard, Westmoreland, and North Walpole, NH.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 two business days in advance.

Please note that some locations may close due to weather or scheduling conflicts with other community events.  Please be sure to call ahead for reservations.



Dining rooms open Monday through Friday:

Keene – two locations
Garden Cafe at HCS, 312 Marlboro Street

Harper Acres, Castle Street – for 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

North Walpole
St. Peter’s Church – 4th Friday of most months

Nelson Town Hall – 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.

Ongoing Events & Information
More than a meal…includes pets!

The HCS Meals on Wheels program has begun a new initiative to further assist those we deliver meals to in Cheshire County – the MOW Pet Care Project!   We invite you to join us – donations of dry or canned pet food will give peace of mind to pet owners unable to get out to buy pet food regularly.  Our Meals on Wheels participants rely on HCS to bring a hot, nutritious meal to them and now we can help ensure that Fido and Garfield get their own good meal.  For more information, call 352-2253 or visit The Fuzzy Dog in Fitzwilliam!

Friendly Tidbits Newsletters

The Friendly Tidbits are distributed at all Friendly Meal dining rooms and to Meals on Wheels clients.  The newsletters contain news, events, entertainment, and menu information.

January 2018

City Express Bus Schedule

The City Express is Keene’s “Bus for Everyone,” providing public transit and a campus community shuttle for Keene State College.  It’s Hip to Hop the Bus!

City Express & Campus Shuttle Schedules