Community/Congregate meals for older adults are happening all around Bennington and Rutland counties. We provide a hot nutritious meal, a chance to socialize, and most sites offer extra activities like guest speakers during mealtime, or wellness activities. Our meal sites range from community centers and town halls, to senior housing facilities, restaurants and even a fire station. Depending where you are in Southwestern Vermont you will find a place to have a hot meal and good company.
HOME DELIVERED MEALS
The Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging is the administrator of the Meals on Wheels program in Rutland and Bennington Counties. We contract with local organizations (listed below) to prepare and deliver meals right to your doorstep, by using volunteers within our community.
A hot nutritious meal includes protein, vegetables, milk, juice, bread, and fruit. We also provide frozen meals to communities that we cannot serve every day. The visit by the volunteer driver is just as vitally important as the healthy meal. Volunteers bring bright smiles and friendly greetings to make sure you or your loved one is safe.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to sign up for Meals on Wheels you must call the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging.
The Meals on Wheels program depends on participant contributions to help support the program. Voluntary contributions are encouraged, although no one is denied a meal due to inability to donate. Family members can donate on behalf of a senior (please contact your local provider). The suggested donation for home delivered meals is $3.50.
All programs are donation based for eligible participants (see eligibility criteria below). The suggested donation for community/congregate meal sites range from $3.50 - $5.00. Under 60? No problem, non-eligible participants will be charged the set fee of $4.00 - $6.00 per meal.
A person is eligible if they are: Click here to see a what information is needed to sign up.
60 years of age or older
Handicapped or disabled and living in a housing facility where a meal program is operated
Non-Senior volunteer performing essential duties for the operation of the meal program
OR The spouse of an eligible recipient regardless of age
Meals on Wheels Delivery Offices
Rutland County Meals on Wheels Program (except for the Town of Poultney)
80 Belden Road
Rutland, VT 05701
Young At Heart Senior Center (Poultney)
206 Furnace St.
Poultney, VT 05764
Bennington County Meals Program
124 Pleasant Street
Bennington, VT 05201
A Registered Dietitian is available to provide one-on-one nutritional counseling for our clients who are at high nutritional risk. Clients may receive counseling at home or by telephone. Our dietitian will assess needs and develop an appropriate dietary program. To learn more about nutrition counseling, call our Senior HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119.