Programs for Seniors

People who are unable to leave their homes for groceries can send a proxy to a pantry to pick up food on their behalf.

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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

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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.

To donate to Meals on Wheels Eugene, please click here. Thank you for your generosity!

Current menus

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Where is Meals on Wheels available?

Meals on Wheels is available across Lane County and are provided by one of two organizations, depending on geographic location. FOOD for Lane County delivers Meals on Wheels in Eugene, Oregon. Senior & Disability Services (Senior Meals Program) delivers Meals on Wheels in Springfield, Veneta, Florence, Junction City, Creswell, Cottage Grove and Oakridge, Oregon.

Am I eligible?

  • People age 60 and older who are homebound and need help with meal preparation are eligible for the Meals on Wheels program.
  • Typically, eligibility is determined through a phone interview followed by an in-home assessment. At this time, in-home assessments are suspended due to COVID19 safety concerns and all assessments are being conducted over the phone.
  • Meals are available as funding and our capacity to deliver meals allows. Some routes may have wait lists.
  • Subsidized meals are available for may individuals 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

  • Subsidized meals are available to eligible people on a donation basis. Participants may choose to contribute for their meals on a voluntary basis but every eligible person is served regardless of the amount they give.
  • If you are not eligible for our subsidies based on Meals on Wheels funding requirements, but would still like to request meal delivery, call us for more information about our private-pay program.

FOOD for Lane County administers the Meals on Wheels program in the Eugene area, in partnership with 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

Kibble on Wheels

We provide low income Eugene Meals on Wheels clients with free supplemental pet food supplies if they qualify for food assistance through a pantry.Priority is given to clients at or below 130% of the federal poverty level.

If you would like to support this program, 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 donations so we can keep the pets’ diets consistent. Frequently switching pet food brands can be detrimental to pet health. If you would 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”
  • Purina “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.

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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
  • Grants
  • Emergency COVID funding
  • Charitable gifts from our generous neighbors