The foods we eat and adequate nutrition are important throughout our lives, but especially as we age. Nutrition issues are common among seniors for many reasons, among them, limited income, transportation challenges that make shopping difficult, or physical changes that affect our appetites or ability to prepare meals. Here are some resources that may be helpful:
Meals on Wheels of Takoma Park delivers nutritional meals Monday - Friday to anyone who has difficulty preparing meals or going grocery shopping on a regular basis. Cost for two meals per day is $7.00. Delivery service can be for long or short-term as needed, and can be for 3, 4 or 5 days a week. For more information or to request services: 301-434-1922 or mowtakoma.org.
MANNA is a local food bank offering food baskets with 60 pounds of perishable and non-perishable items to low income Montgomery County residents. The pickup point for Takoma Park is the Long Branch Community Center at 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 PM. Residents receive one box of food per month; MANNA will work with you to decide which week each month works best for you. Please note that you must be registered first with MANNA in order to receive the food baskets. For more information and to apply: mannafood.org or
Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington offers a distribution of foods similar to that of MANNA. Participants who meet the residency and income criteria may receive one distribution per month; the pickup location is the ACS office at 501 Sligo Ave. For more information or to apply, please call301-585-6556.
EduCare provides monthly food baskets with perishable and non-perishable items to eligible residents of Takoma Park, primarily to elders and persons with disabilities at selected distribution locations. For more information: educaresupportservices.org, 240-450-2092 or email email@example.com.
Montgomery County Senior Nutrition Program offers nutrition screening, education and counseling services, as well as group meals. Group meals for Takoma Park area residents are Monday – Friday at 1:00 PM at Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd. There is no charge to anyone 60 or older, though a voluntary donation is welcome. Those under 60 are asked to pay for the meal. Call 240-777-6975 to make a reservation a week ahead, or if you have additional questions.
The Senior Nutrition Hotline is open Wednesdays from 9:00 - 11:00 AM. Call 240-777-1100 to speak to a registered dietician and get answers to your nutrition questions.
The Senior Nutrition Program is a service of the Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services, Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, go to their website --
montgomerycountymd.gov/senior/health.html -- and click on “Food and Nutrition” or call 240-777-3810.