Exciting news! The Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) proudly presents its 2023 Holiday Food Resource Guide, along with the Older Adults Guide to Dining in Bennington and Rutland Counties. Accessible via the SVCOA website, these comprehensive resources are now available for free download. Packed with essential information and guidance, the Holiday Food Resource Guide ensures everyone can enjoy a delicious and fulfilling holiday season, while the Older Adults Guide to Dining offers insights into the vibrant culinary scene in Bennington and Rutland Counties. Dive into these valuable tools to make this holiday season a delightful and flavorful experience for all!
Home Delivered Meals
Within SVCOA’s Nutrition Program is the well-known Meals on Wheels initiative, which SVCOA administers locally in southwestern Vermont. SVCOA’s Meals on Wheels effort provides hundreds of thousands of healthy, nutritious meals to older Vermonters each year – including both home-delivered and community-based meals. Not only do these meals play an integral role in supporting those who are most nutritionally insecure, but they also provide a range of additional benefits that can be equally important. With each home-delivered meal comes a general health and wellness check, as well as social interaction that is valued by both meal recipients and Meals on Wheels volunteers.
Meals on Wheels depends on participant contributions to help support the program. Voluntary contributions are encouraged, although no one is denied a meal due to the inability to donate. Family members can donate on behalf of an individual (please contact your local provider).
Any person is eligible who is age 60 or over and is unable to obtain or prepare meals on a temporary or permanent basis due to a physical, mental or cognitive condition that requires assistance to leave home.
- Also eligible are the spouse, regardless of age, of eligible individuals receiving Home Delivered Meals (HDM); and individuals under 60 years of age with a disability, who reside with an eligible individual receiving HDM
Preference will be given to individuals who are low-income, minority, limited English proficiency and at risk for institutional placement.
Community meals for older Vermonters are happening at dozens of easily accessible public meal sites across Bennington and Rutland counties. SVCOA provides a nutritious meal, a chance for attendees to socialize, and most meal sites also 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 on where you are in Southwestern Vermont you will find a place to enjoy a hot meal and good company.
All programs are donation-based for eligible participants (see eligibility criteria below). The suggested donation for community/congregate meal sites ranges from $3.50 - $5.00.
Any person is eligible who is age 60 and over and their spouse of any age. In addition, the following individuals are also eligible;
- People with disabilities under age 60 who reside in community housing occupied primarily by older adults where congregate meals are served.
- People with disabilities who reside and accompany a person age 60 and older to a Congregate Nutrition Program Services site.
- Nutrition Services Program volunteers, under the age of 60, may be offered a meal if doing so will not deprive an adult over the age of 60 of a meal.
Under the age of 60? No problem, non-eligible participants will be charged the set fee of $4.00 - $6.00 per meal.
In addition to home-delivered and congregate meals, SVCOA employs a registered dietician who provides personalized nutrition counseling to older Vermonters, as well as general nutrition presentations to various community groups.
Nutrition counseling is an ongoing process in which a Registered Dietitian works with an individual to assess his or her dietary habits and nutrition-related health concerns, as well as identify the client's goals and then discuss with them the best way for them to meet/achieve these goals.
To sign up for or learn more about any of SVCOA’s various Nutrition services, call the SVCOA HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119.
Nutrition Education Resources
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SVCOA will work with you to provide guidance or a personalized meal plan that is designed to fit your specific needs. Please contact us if you have any questions about our nutrition services. Click the button for our most recent Food Resource Guide.
The HelpLine is a toll-free, confidential service that provides older Vermonters, caregivers and others with information, referrals and assistance toward accessing local, state or national resources and services.