Programs for Seniors


FOOD for Lane County’s senior nutrition programs (Senior Grocery and Meals on Wheels) are designed to meet the nutritional needs of adults 60 and older.

Senior Grocery

The Senior Grocery Program provides low-income seniors with a once monthly food box (or bag) filled with nutritious staple foods necessary to a balanced diet.

Am I eligible?

  • To qualify for Senior Grocery you must be 60 years of age or older and at or below 130% of the federal poverty level. Please see the chart below
  • If you are over the income limit, you can still qualify by being enrolled in SNAP or Medicaid.
  • You will be asked to fill out an application and provide supporting documentation.

The food for Senior Grocery comes to us through a federal program known as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program as well as grants from the Grainger Foundation and the Chambers Family Foundation.

Contact our Senior Grocery Program Coordinator, Carly Petersen at (541) 343-2822 x115 or email here.

Meals on Wheels


Meals on Wheels is more than just a meal! Friendly volunteers deliver a nourishing, freshly prepared noontime meal that is nutritionally balanced to provide one-third of a senior’s recommended daily nutrients. Volunteers have time for a brief chat and a safety check. Seniors who live alone feel more secure knowing that someone is checking on them regularly.

July menu

July nutrition analysis

August menu

August nutrition analysis

Where is Meals on Wheels available?

Meals on Wheels is available in all parts of Lane County and will be delivered by either Senior & Disabled Services or FOOD for Lane County, depending on where you live.

Am I eligible?

  • Meals on Wheels is available to people over the age of 60 and their spouses who cannot get out much due to illness or advanced age and who are not eating properly, regardless of their income.
  • Each caller will be interviewed as soon as possible to determine eligibility and an appointment will be made for a home visit. Subsidized meals are available as funding permits.

Persons under age 60 may be eligible under the following circumstances:

  • Resident in a housing facility where a meal is served (Riverview Terrace in Cottage Grove, Cresview Villa in Creswell, Olive Plaza and Jacobs Lane in Eugene)
  • Disabled dependent child living in a non-institutional household with a person over age 60
  • Their Case Manager has authorized meals as part of their Medicaid in-home care service
  • They are willing to pay the full cost of the meal ($8 each).

Cost

  • Meals are available to eligible people on a donation basis. There is no set charge for the meal.
  • The suggested donation is $3 per meal, but every eligible person is served regardless of the amount they give.

FOOD for Lane County administers the Meals on Wheels program in the Eugene area, in partnership with Lane Council of Government Senior & Disability Services.

Request Meals on Wheels in the Eugene area: (541) 607-5065

Outside Eugene: (541) 682-3353, 800-441-4038, or TTY (541) 682-4567

Our Kibble on Wheels program is now up and running as a pilot program!

We are providing our Eugene Meals on Wheels clients with free pet food if they qualify for food assistance through a pantry. The program is currently operating with grant funds provided by Meals on Wheels of America. We are looking for a permanent sponsor for the program. If you would like to help, you can make a donation of funds and specify the donation to “Kibble on Wheels,” or you can purchase pet food to donate to the program and bring it to FOOD for Lane County. We are asking for specific types of food to be donated so we can keep pets diets consistent since frequently switching pet food brands is not good for the health of pets. If you’d like to donate pet food, these are the types of food we are looking for.

  • Purina “Dog Chow” complete adult
  • Purina “Kit & Kaboodle Original Cat”
  • Friskies wet canned cat food

We know how important pets are to the well-being of seniors in our community and we are glad to be able to help alleviate some of the financial and physical burden of keeping pets healthy and well nourished.

Other resources for seniors

FOOD for Lane County offers several other ways for you to access a nutritious meal. See how you can get help on our Get Help page.

Funds for Eugene Meals on Wheels are contributed by:

  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services –
    •    Older Americans Act
    •    Nutrition Services Incentive Program
  • Medicaid reimbursements for meals to eligible Medicaid recipients
  • Oregon Department of Human Services
    •    Oregon Project Independence Reimbursements for Meals to Eligible Recipients
  • Participant donations for their meals
  • Lane County Human Services Commission
    •    City of Eugene, City of Springfield and Lane County
  • Charitable gifts from our generous neighbors