Meals and Nutrition

Every weekday, Monday through Friday, our Meals on Wheels drivers visit homebound seniors to deliver a hot, nutritious lunch.  At the same time, hundreds of other people age 60 and older join us for lunch or supper at one of our convenient community cafés located in Lynn, Saugus, and Swampscott.

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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels brings meals to people over 60 who are homebound and unable to prepare their own meals. The menu is varied and the meals are nutritionally balanced, cooked without added salt, and consists of an entrée, two sides, dessert, milk, bread and margarine. We offer soft, ground, pureed, low-lactose, renal, and cardiac menus. We also offer a modified meal for people with diabetes.  Meals are delivered between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. If you’re isolated and homebound, you can arrange for frozen meals that you can use over the weekend.

We ask for a small donation per meal to help us pay for the program. But we never deny anyone a meal if they can't afford to donate.

It’s easy to start delivery of Meals on Wheels. Simply call Information & Referral at 781-599-0110.

You can view, download, or print the Monthly Meals on Wheels Menu.

Meals on Wheels does not operate on the following holidays:

·         New Year’s Day (January 1)
·         Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
·         Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
·         Patriots’ Day (3rd Monday in April)
·         Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
·         Independence Day (July 4th)
·         Labor Day (first Monday in September)
·         Columbus Day (second Monday in October)
·         Veterans’ Day (November 11)
·         Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
·         Christmas Day (December 25)

Through special volunteer efforts, meals may be available on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.  Please call 781-599-0110 to inquire.

Community Cafés

Throughout our service area, you will find places to enjoy a healthy, affordable meal, usually located within a local senior center or housing site.  These Community Cafés provide an opportunity for you to:

 

·         Get together with your friends

·         Meet new people

·         Have a reason to go out

·         Enjoy a hot, nutritious meal at a reasonable price

·         Stretch your budget

·         Maybe play a game of cards or Bingo afterwards.

 

Meal sites are closed on the following holidays:

 

·         New Year’s Day (January 1)

·         Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (3rd Monday in January)

·         Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)

·         Patriots’ Day (3rd Monday in April)

·         Memorial Day (last Monday in May)

·         Independence Day (July 4th)

·         Labor Day (first Monday in September)

·         Columbus Day (second Monday in October)

·         Veterans’ Day (November 11)

·         Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)

·         Christmas Day (December 25)

 

You can view the Monthly Congregate Menu in pdf form.

Transportation to some sites can be arranged.  Call your nearest site for details.  During bad weather, call GLSS at 781-599-0110 for site closing information or check our web site, Facebook page, or your local Council on Aging web site for updates.

Older Woman Sitting at Table in Lunch Room

Lynn

BREAKFAST

Homeless Elders Breakfast Program
Lynn Senior Center
8 Silsbee Street
781-599-0110​

Monday‒Friday, 7:30‒9:00 AM

LUNCH

Lynn Senior Center
8 Silsbee Street

781-599-0110
Monday‒Friday, 11:00 AM‒12:00 Noon

LYNN Council on Aging (Senior Center) Newsletter 

East Baptist Church
300 Western Avenue, Lynn
781-592-1764

Thursdays only, 11:30 AM

Caggiano Towers Supportive Housing Site
For residents only 
170 South Common Street, Lynn
978-836-9238

Monday-Friday

Nahant

LUNCH

Nahant Senior Center 
Town Hall, Tiffany Room 
334 Nahant Road, Nahant 
Entrance at the rear of Town Hall​
781-581-7557 
Monday–Friday, 11:45 AM

Nahant Council on Aging (Senior Center) Newsletter

Swampscott

LUNCH

Swampscott Senior Center
co-located with Swampscott High School​
200R Essex Street, Swampscott 
781-596-8866 
Monday–Friday, 11:45 AM

Saugus

LUNCH

Saugus Senior Center
466 Central Street, Saugus 
781-233-2116 

Serving: 11:30 AM, Monday–Friday

Laurel Gardens Supportive Housing Site
For residents only
2 Rice Street, Saugus
781-231-5846

Monday–Friday

Other Nutrition Assistance

Nutrition Education and Counseling

GLSS' Nutrition Department has Registered Dieticians on staff who provide nutrition counseling for a variety of health conditions, as well as weight loss and general healthy eating.  Nutrition counseling is a Medicare benefit for those with type 2 diabetes or chronic kidney disease but counseling can be provided to anyone.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults™ Workshop

Do you want to learn more about nutrition and healthy lifestyle?

Making small changes to your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference in how you feel.  The program focuses on heart-healthy and bone-healthy nutrition strategies to improve wellness and prevent disease.  This workshop is based on the USDA’s “MyPlate” program.  This program is part of the Model Programs Project sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation.  NCOA provides national leadership and oversight for the program originally developed by Lahey Clinic and now revised and administered by Hebrew Senior Life.

What participants say:  “I’m buying more fresh produce and eating fewer prepared foods.”

Download a brochure

Where can I get more information?

Call Jousette Anaya, Wellness Pathways Program Coordinator, at 781-586-8530 or e-mail janaya@glss.net.

 

Homeless Elders Breakfast Support Program

In conjunction with our Housing Advocacy Program, GLSS offers a nutritious breakfast in the Lynn Senior Center (8 Silsbee Street) every weekday morning, from 7:30‒9:00 AM to people age 60 and older who are homeless or unable to cook independently because of environmental, psychological, cognitive, or social limitations.  The program also provides regular health monitoring by a registered nurse or other specialist, case management that connects them to an array of resources, such as benefits applications and housing placement, as well as respectful socialization and emotional support.

 

Brown Bag Program

As a distribution site for the Greater Boston Food Bank’s Brown Bag Program, GLSS distributes a bag of groceries including both shelf-stable and fresh items on the third Friday of each month from 9:30 a.m‒12:30 p.m.  In order to qualify, individuals must be over 60, eligible for an assistance program, and pre-qualified through an application process.  Please call 781-599-0110 and request an application for this program.