For more information about nutrition services supported by the County of San Diego, please contact us via email or by phone at 800-510-2020 (within San Diego County) or 800-339-4661 (outside the County).
One of the most important elements of good health is nutrition. To improve nutritional health of seniors in our region, Aging & Independence Services (AIS) provides meals at various seniors dining centers, as well as home-delivered meals to eligible senior individuals in their homes. Through funding from the Older Americans Act, nutritious meals are available for a suggested donation. When meals are available, no senior shall be turned away for inability to donate.
The County's Aging & Independence Services department contracts with community partners to provide hot lunches and sometimes breakfast at Senior Dining Centers during the week, for adults age 60 and older. In addition to promoting better nutrition, Senior Dining Centers provide a social environment for participants to learn about additional services that may be available. Senior Dining Centers may offer other social activities such as exercise classes, special events and other classes that you can participate with friends or develop new friendships.
Visit the Senior Dining Centers page for more information about the programs.
Aging & Independence Services contracts with community partners to provide home-delivered meals to adults age 60 and older who are homebound due to illness or disability and need assistance with activities of daily living. Home-delivered meals are delivered Monday through Friday, and between five and seven meals are provided. To request meal delivery, seniors can contract an AIS community partner who offers this service to determine their eligibility.
Once a request for a home-delivered meal is made, a representative from the nutrition program will visit the older adult to assess the need. If appropriate for the program, a hot meal is delivered each week day and frozen meals are provided for the weekends. Follow up assessments are required on a quarterly basis to ensure the senior still qualifies for the program. The cost for each meal is a voluntary donation and recommended donation amounts are suggested by the program.
Visit the Home-Delivered Meals page to find a program in your area.
View the County of San Diego Nutrition Centers and Home-Delivered Meal Providers list for a directory of all senior dining centers and home-delivered meal programs.
For more information about nutrition services supported by the County of San Diego and Aging & Independence Services, please contact us via email or by phone at 800-510-2020 (within San Diego County) or 800-339-4661 (outside the County), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.