Meal Programs

A major concern for seniors, particularly those who live alone, is continuing to eat properly to stay healthy. Seniors First offers two meal options to help older adults get the nutrition they need.

MEALS ON WHEELS

Meals on Wheels helps a growing senior population face the challenges of aging and lost mobility, allowing them to remain healthy at home. Seniors First is the Meals on Wheels agency in Orange County providing nutritious, daily meals. We will deliver nearly 200,000 meals this year. Primarily through volunteers, meals are delivered Monday-Friday to homebound seniors. For many, this is an invaluable opportunity to check on their well-being. That’s when a meal means even more.

Under the Meals on Wheels umbrella is our Emergency Meals program.  Emergency Meals helps seniors who have recently been discharged from a healthcare facility or are experiencing a crisis situation by providing 30 days of nutritious meals to aid in their recovery at home.

Eligibility

Program participants must be 60 years of age or older, basically homebound, and have an impairment or disability that impacts their ability to grocery shop and cook meals. Seniors must live in Orange County, Florida.

How it Works

Balanced meals are prepared with special attention to the dietary and nutritional needs of the aging population we serve. Meals are delivered sometime prior to noon and seniors must be home to receive their meals. Hot meals are delivered daily, M-F, in most areas of Orange County. Some areas are designated to receive a weekly delivery of frozen meals.

APPLY FOR MEALS

Seniors can purchase meals or apply for the free meal program wait list for Orange County. Please call 407.615.8987 to learn more or to complete an application.

NEIGHBORHOOD LUNCH

with transportation

A hot lunch meal is provided Monday through Friday for mobile older adults age 60+ at 11 neighborhood sites across Orange County. We will serve nearly 100,000 meals this year.

Daily activities include socialization, educational and health presentations, exercise, shopping trips and games. These activities address seniors’ nutritional, physical and emotional needs, combating isolation and loneliness and promoting brain health.

Our vans assist seniors enrolled in the program who require transportation to the Neighborhood Lunch sites. Seniors First also provides program participants with scheduled trips to the grocery store and other outings.

Seniors look forward to sharing a hot meal together and forming lifelong friendships, helping them to have nourished lives and feel connected within their own neighborhoods.

Locations

Thank you to all our community partners who donate program space.

East Orange Community Center, Englewood Neighborhood Center, L. Claudia Allen Senior Center, Marks Street Senior Center, Northwest Community Center-Pine Hills, Taft Community Center, Tangelo Park Baptist Church, William Booth Towers, Willow Street Community Center-Zellwood, Calvary Towers-Winter Park, and Restoration Christian Church.

APPLY FOR LUNCH

The program serves senior citizens residing in Orange County.
Please call 407.615.8987 to learn more or to complete an application.

Palmira’s Story

You’ve just made a difference in the life of a Central Florida senior and provided peace of mind to her daughter! Palmira, who celebrated her 100th birthday this past February, has been attending the Neighborhood Lunch Program of Seniors First for the past 15 years. Her daughter told us, “This program has played a large role in keeping my mother active and alert. She goes Monday though Friday and it’s wonderful to see her wake up with a purpose each morning anxious to spend time with her friends.”

Seniors First, Inc., 5395 LB McLeod Road, Orlando, FL 32811 | Phone 407-292-0177 | Fax 407-292-2773 | info@seniorsfirstinc.org