Senior Meals

Eligibility

To obtain the nutrition necessary for healthy living, people age 60 or older and their spouses can eat at Senior Meals sites throughout the state. Senior Meals are served in a group setting such as a senior center or community building. Senior Meals may also be delivered to individuals who are homebound.

Others who may be eligible are people with disabilities who live in congregate housing facilities designed primarily for the elderly and where a congregate meal sites exists or those who live with a guardian who eats at Senior Meals.

Through the Older Americans Act Title III-C, Senior Meals provide individuals with a nutritious meal meeting the HealthierUS.gov dietary guidelines and one-third the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI). Meals are provided in a congregate setting (group dining) or as home-delivered meals for those unable to leave their home due to illness or isolation.

Congregate Meals

Congregate Meals are served in a group setting such as a senior center, school, elderly housing facility, community building, church or restaurant. There are 218 sites in 66 of 67 South Dakota counties. A reservation for Senior Meals can be made one day in advance by calling the site. Meal tickets are encouraged and donations can be either cash or food stamps.

Home-Delivered Meals

A person who is at least 60 years old and is homebound because of physical incapacity; emotional, mental or social conditions; or isolation is eligible to receive home-delivered meals. The spouse of a homebound eligible person or a person under age 60 who is dependent on an eligible person is also eligible to receive a home-delivered meal, if receipt of the meal is in the best interest of the homebound older person.

A person is considered homebound when one or more of the following physical incapacities exist:

  • Lack of physical strength
  • Grossly impaired vision or hearing
  • Bedridden
  • Dependence upon life support systems
  • Inability to control bodily functions
  • Debilitating illness

A person is considered homebound when any one or more of the following emotional, mental or social conditions exist:

  • Inability to function within a group of people
  • Dependence upon addictive drugs
  • Disruptive behavior in a congregate setting

A person is considered homebound when any one or more of the following isolating conditions exist:

  • Remote geographic location      
  • Lack of transportation

To register to receive home-delivered meals five days a week, contact your local Senior Meals site. Meal tickets are encouraged, and donations can be either cash or food stamps.

Supplmental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

If you qualify for SNAP you can make a donation toward the cost of your Senior Meals with the South Dakota Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The card can be used to purchase group dining or home delivered Senior Meals.

To apply for SNAP, contact your local DSS office.