Retirement

Stay Healthy and Independent with the Senior Nutrition Program

December 12, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: December 12, 2022

overhead view, woman making saladAre you eligible for Social Security retirement benefits or already receiving them? Did you know that you can also receive healthy meals and other nutrition services through the national Senior Nutrition Program? Local meal programs in communities across the country are waiting to serve you.

As we age, we have different needs, different ways we take care of our health, and different nutrients we need to get from our food. But we don’t always have enough healthy food or the desire to prepare or eat a meal. Whether you need more food, healthier food, someone to share a meal with, or just want to learn about good eating habits, a meal program can help.

Every day, senior nutrition programs serve almost one million meals to people age 60 and older. With home-delivered and group meal options, you can get the food you need in a way that works best for you. It can help you avoid missed meals – and save you time and money with less shopping and cooking.

Local programs serve up more than food — they offer opportunities to connect and socialize. We know this improves both your mental and physical health.

The programs can also teach you how to create a healthy eating plan. You can learn about healthy food recommendations based on your age, unique needs, and preferences.

A senior nutrition program can also connect you with other resources like transportation or homemaker services. This helps you stay connected and engaged in your community.

It’s no surprise that 9 out of 10 participants say they would recommend a senior nutrition program to a friend. We know these services help create healthy, strong communities where everyone can thrive at any age. Please watch our video – created for the national program’s 50th anniversary – to hear how the program makes a difference.

Find a senior nutrition program in your area and help us spread the word about this program by sharing it with your loved ones, neighbors, and community.

The Senior Nutrition Program is administered by the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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  1. Ajker F.

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  2. Gloria I.

    I applied by 62 years of age out of necessity, becuase I was sick and could not get a job.
    Since I applied before my retirement age, the Social Security eats a good chunk out of my benefits. I thought that now that I am 66 years of age, my benefits came back to normal. But sadly I just learned that is not the case, that I will be receiving the same payment all my life.
    It is like the Social Security punished me for applying early our of necessity. Can I fight this legally? Nobody ever told me that.

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  3. Visaghan

    This is a great information

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  4. Lorna

    I’ve been Married for almost . We divorced almost 12 years. I’m on Disability Benefits from Social Security. My Ex is 64 soon to be 65. He is still working, makes good money.
    My only income is my disability . I’m a very sickly person . I have surgeries coming up soon.. I have Lupus, Fibromyalgia, had Cancer twice.. recently having TIA’a. Small attacks.
    I’d like to know , even if my ex-husband hasn’t retired yet. Can I collect from his Social security now? If so what do I need to do .thank you

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Lorna. We are sorry to hear about your condition and situation. To be eligible for divorced spouse benefits, you had to be married to your former spouse for at least 10 years, be at least age 62, and you cannot be eligible for a higher benefit on your own record. For more information on how to qualify for divorced spouse benefits, visit our Benefits Planner. We hope this helps.

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