Meal Programs

Senior Meal Programs – Service Definition

Home Delivered Meals

This program is for qualified individuals to receive meals in their home. The meal must comply with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and provides a minimum of 33 and 1/3 percent of the current daily Recommended Dietary Allowances as established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

How Service is Provided

Home Delivered Meals: Area Agency on Aging funds three home delivered meal (HDM) programs located in Wasco, Hood River and Sherman Counties. The home delivered meal program is designed to provide nutritious meals along with safety checks for their clients. Meals are delivered to cover one meal per day seven days per week. Dedicated volunteers deliver the meals to eligible home bound individuals. The program that delivers five days per week provides a personal contact that helps to assure the client is safe. Some drivers have been volunteer drivers for years. If the volunteer driver notices a difference in the client, they inform the appropriate people to follow up on any concerns they might have. Volunteer drivers are always needed. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, call one of the numbers listed below. Eligibility for home delivered meals is determined by in-home assessments completed on an annual basis. Anyone over the age of sixty that is home bound (i.e. does not leave their home in regular circumstances), and cannot prepare three meals a day on their own, is eligible to receive home delivered meals.

These are the services currently provided through AAA and these contracts:

  • The Dalles Meals on Wheels in Wasco County is housed in the Mid-Columbia Senior Center located at 1112 W 9th Street, The Dalles, OR 97058. Hot meals delivered Monday through Friday and frozen meals provided for the weekends. Call 541-298-8333 for more information.
  • Hood River Valley Adult Center in Hood River County located at 2010 Sterling Drive in Hood River. Call 541-386-2060 for more information
  • Sherman County Senior Center in Sherman County located at 300 Dewey St Moro, OR 97039. Seven frozen meals delivered one day per week. Call 541-565-3434 for more information.

Service Definition

Congregate Meals

These meals are provided to an eligible participant at a nutrition site, senior center or some other congregate setting which complies with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and provides a minimum of 33 and 1/3 percent of the current daily Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

How Service is Provided

Congregate meals: The Area Agency on Aging provides Older American Act dollars via contracts and operates three sites in-house. Meals are provided to older adults sixty years of age and older on a donation basis (suggested donation amounts vary between sites). People under the age of 60 are welcome to eat at the sites and are required to pay the full cost of the meal, which varies with each meal site. Area Agency on Aging contracts with:

  • Mt. Hood Senior Meals in Hood River County located at the Mt. Hood Towne Hall building in Mt. Hood. Volunteers prepare and serve the meals every Thursday. Other services provided at this site include socialization, volunteer opportunities, guest speakers who present information of interest to older adults, nutrition education, cards, and puzzles. To find out more about what is offered at this site, call 541-354-1604.
  • The Dalles Meals on Wheels in Wasco County is located in a rented space in the Mid-Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles. Paid staff and volunteers prepare and serve meals Monday – Friday (except holidays). Other services provided at this site include socialization, volunteer opportunities, guest speakers who present information of interest to older adults, white elephant Bingo, and nutrition education. To find out more about what is offered at this site, call 541-298-8333;
  • Sherman County meal site is located in the Sherman County Senior Center in Moro. Paid staff and volunteers prepare and serve meals Monday – Friday (except holidays). Other services provided at this site include socialization, volunteer opportunities, guest speakers who present information of interest to older adults, cards, and nutrition education. To find out more about what is offered at this site, call 541-565-3434;
  • Gilliam County has two meal sites. The Arlington site serves every Tuesday and is located in the Masonic Lodge in Arlington. The Condon site serves every Thursday and is located in the United Church of Christ basement in Condon. Paid staff and volunteers prepare and serve meals. Other services provided at this site include socialization, volunteer opportunities, guest speakers who present information of interest to older adults, and nutrition education. To find out more about what is offered at this site, call the main office at 541-384-2114;
  • Pioneer Potlatch has sites in Cascade Locks (serves every Wednesday) in Hood River County located on the Port Property Building B; Dufur located at the Methodist Church (serves every Wednesday), Tygh Valley located in the Tygh Valley Community Center (serves every Thursday), and Mosier located at the Mosier Creek Terrace Apartment complex (serves every Monday) in Wasco County. Other services provided at this site include socialization, volunteer opportunities, guest speakers who present information of interest to older adults, and nutrition education. To find out more about what is offered at these sites, call the main office at 541-298-4354.
  • The Area Agency on Aging operates two sites in-house located in Wheeler County. The sites are located in Spray at the Spray Grange (serves every Thursday) and Mitchell at the Mitchell Community Center (serves every Friday). Other services provided at this site include socialization, volunteer opportunities, guest speakers who present information of interest to older adults, and nutrition education. To find out more about what is offered at this site, call 1-888-316-1362.
SENIOR MEAL SITES
Arlington Tues. 12pm
Cascade Locks Thurs. 12pm
Condon Thurs. 12pm
Dufur Wed.  12pm
Fossil Wed.  12pm
Hood River Valley Adult Center Mon. – Fri. 12pm
Mosier Mon. & Wed. 12pm
Mt. Hood Thurs. 12pm
Sherman County Senior Center Mon. – Fri. 12pm
Spray Thurs. 12pm
The Dalles Meals On Wheels Mon. – Fri. 12pm
Tygh Valley Thurs. 12pm
Wasco Mon. 6pm