Food Assistance for Seniors

Meals at Senior Centers

  • Senior Centers across the state serve congregate meals such as breakfast and a hot nutritious lunch free or for a small donation.
  • Senior Centers usually ask that meal reservations be made 24 hours in advance.
  • There is often a small suggested donation for meals, although they can not collect the donation in a way that makes seniors feel obligated to pay if they cannot afford it.
  • Senior Centers are allowed to accept Food Stamp benefits as payment.
  • Locations and contact info for each senior center can be found on the Utah Department of Human Services, Aging and Adult Services website. 

Home-Delivered Meals

Meals on Wheels is the primary program in the state that focuses on getting food assistance to the elderly.

  • Visit the Meals on Wheels website for specific site locations.
  • In Salt Lake County, visit the Salt Lake County Aging Services program and Meals on Wheels. Get for more information.
  • Consider volunteering with Meals on Wheels in Salt Lake County. Find out more here.
  • Learn more about Meals on Wheels by watching the video at the bottom of this page about Meals on Wheels in Utah County.

Food Stamps

In the last ten years, Food Stamps have been converted from physical coupons to an electronic benefits transfer card that looks and functions like a debit card (see image on the right).  These cards store benefits for multiple programs, including General Assistance, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), Food Stamps, and others. Food Stamps can be spent on eligible food items in grocery stores and farmers markets as well as plants and seeds that produce food for human consumption.

 Family Size Food Stamps - 130% of Poverty
(as of October 1, 2016)
 1 $1,287 
 2 $1,736 
 3 $2,184
4 $2,633
5 $3,081
6 $3,530
For each additional
family member add
$451 

 

Utah Food Bank Services

The Utah Food Bank has two programs that provide seniors with food boxes once a month.  Click on the titles of the programs below to sign up or find more information:

Independent Living Centers

Independent Living Centers often provide seniors with transportation to get to the grocery store or pantries.  Even if they don’t provide a monthly shopping trip, they will help seniors explore alternatives. Check out the list of these centers.