Meals & More
If you or a loved one needs help getting and preparing meals, then Meals & More may be the answer you are looking for. The goal of CICOA’s Meals & More program is to provide appetizing, nutritionally balanced meals to older adults and those with disabilities either in their homes or at one of more than 30 neighborhood meal sites. The program is designed to relieve hunger and food insecurity, promote socialization and address proper nutrition education. Services include individual nutrition assessments, individual nutrition counseling, group and individual nutrition education, and outreach. Annually, we serve more than half a million meals, and in July 2010 celebrated our 16 millionth meal.
Service recipients of Meals & More are prioritized according to federal guidelines that include persons age 60 and over and their spouses, those in greatest social and economic need with particular attention to low-income individuals, minority individuals, those in rural communities, those with limited English proficiency and those at risk of institutional care.
Seniors receiving home-delivered or neighborhood meal services from CICOA have the opportunity to donate toward the cost of their meal. All meal contributions are confidential and no individual is turned away because of an inability to pay. The suggested donation per meal is $2.00.
CICOA delivers hot and wholesome meals to residents of Marion and the surrounding counties Monday through Friday. To receive home-delivered meals, individuals primarily should be confined to their home due to physical or mental health reasons, unable to prepare their own meals and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:
- At least 60 years of age; or
- The spouse of someone at least 60 years of age; or
- Under the age of 60 with a disability and receiving services through CHOICE, SSBG, or Medicaid Waiver.
CICOA offers a regular diet only, as well as a nutritional analysis of all menus to empower health-conscious consumers watching calories, fat, carbohydrates, sodium, fiber or calcium. For more information or to arrange delivery, contact 317-254-3660.
Neighborhood Meal Sites
Hot, nutritious meals are served Monday through Friday at various neighborhood meal sites. Lunch service times vary for each site. Reservations are required, so please contact the phone number on the neighborhood meal sites listing to make a reservation.
CICOA also offers a voucher program that enables individuals age 60 and over to have more options and increased flexibility in their dining choices. For a suggested contribution of $3.00 each, seniors can receive up to eight vouchers per month that may be redeemed at hospital cafeterias for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Community Hospital East: Vouchers will be available on the first Tuesday of each month, 8-10 a.m., and the first Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Touchpoint program office at Community Hospital East.
- Hancock Regional Hospital: Seniors may purchase vouchers on the first Monday and first Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon at the Patricia Elmore Senior Center, 280 Apple Street in Greenfield. The vouchers are then redeemed during normal cafeteria hours at Hancock Regional Hospital, where special menus have been designated for the program.
- Hendricks Regional Health: Vouchers are available on the first Monday and the first
Friday of each month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hendricks County Senior Center, 1201 Sycamore Lane, in Danville, and may be redeemed at Hendricks Regional Health during normal cafeteria hours.
- IU Health Morgan Hospital: In cooperation with the Martinsville Senior Center, vouchers will be available at the hospital information desk and the senior center during the first week of each month.
- Major Hospital: Vouchers are available each month from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Horizon Center and may be redeemed at Major Hospital Monday through Friday during normal cafeteria hours.
CICOA provides nutrition education to individuals and their families to promote healthy food choices, improve health behaviors and manage nutrition-related chronic diseases. Anyone interested in learning additional details about any of the educational opportunities available through our neighborhood meal sites should contact CICOA at 317-803-6042 or click on the link above.