Food Assistance for Seniors

As we age, sound nutrition becomes more essential. Nutritional deficiency can mimic symptoms of chronic disease and advance the onset of serious and costly health problems. Senior Centers provide lunch Monday through Friday and Meals on Wheels programs deliver nutritious meals to home-bound Seniors. Getting older can also mean more difficulty in getting around to buy groceries, fill prescriptions and see care providers such as our doctors and dentists. In many communities, reliable transportation is available for persons over age 60 with impairment that prevents driving or using public transportation, or with no other means of transportation. Your local Senior Agencies or Senior Center can help you learn about available resources.

Senior Congregate Meals at Senior Centers

Home-Delivered Meals

Meals on Wheels is the primary program in the state that focuses on getting food assistance to the elderly.

Food Stamps

In the last ten years, Food Stamps have been converted from physical coupons to an electronic benefits transfer card that looks and functions like a debit card (see chart below). These cards store benefits for multiple programs, including General Assistance, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), Food Stamps, and others. Food Stamps can be spent on eligible food items in grocery stores and farmers markets as well as plants and seeds that produce food for human consumption.

Family Size   Food Stamps (130% of poverty as of 10/1/2016)
1   $1,287
2   $1,736
3   $2,184
4   $2,633
5   $3,081
6   $3,530
   For each additional family member add $451

Utah Food Bank Services

The Utah Food Bank has two programs that provide seniors with food boxes once a month. Click here to find more information.

Independent Living Centers

Independent Living Centers often provide seniors with transportation to get to the grocery store or pantries. Even if they don’t provide a monthly shopping trip, they will help seniors explore alternatives. Check out the list of these centers by clicking here.