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 November 2014 celebrated our 18 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 participating hospital cafeterias for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
U.S.D.A. Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
CICOA and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana have teamed up to provide free USDA food to help meet the nutritional needs of low-income older adults in Marion County. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides boxes of nutritional, nonperishable food, such as canned fruits and vegetables, cold cereal, cheese and bottled juice. Through the new partnership, Gleaners boxes and ships the food to 10 distribution sites across Marion County. CICOA manages the application process and onsite food distribution. Eligibility for the CSFP food boxes is based on age, income, and residency.
CICOA provides nutrition education to individuals and their families to promote healthy food choices, improve health behaviors and manage nutrition-related chronic diseases. For information about the Better Choices, Better Health Workshop, the Dining With Diabetes Academy or other educational opportunities available through our neighborhood meal sites, contact CICOA at 317-803-6042 or click on the nutrition education link.