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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

DuPage County Home Delivered Meals

What is a Home Delivered Meal?

A complete meal delivered to the home of an eligible senior in order to enable that person to stay in the community.

What's included in a meal?

Each hot meal contains one third of more of an older person's needed nutrients and calories. Servings include a meat or protein entree, potato or starch, salad, vegetable, fruit or dessert, 2% or skim milk and bread. In some areas, an evening meal can be delivered with the hot meal. Frozen meals may also be available for the weekend.

When are meals delivered?

Deliveries are generally made by volunteers close to the noon hour, Monday through Friday.

It is EXTREMELY important that the person receiving home delivered meals notify the meal provider if he/she is going to be away at delivery time. If the person receiving meals is away from home, volunteers are instructed NOT to leave a meal due to possible food spoilage or contamination.

Who can receive Home Delivered Meals?

A person must be 60 or older and homebound because of:

  • Acute Illness
  • Chronic Illness/Disability
  • Unable to participate in the Community Dining Center program
  • No adult is available or willing to prepare meals
  • The person agrees to cooperate in the delivery of service

The spouse of the eligible older person, regardless of age or condition, may also be eligible to receive a home delivered meal.

What does the Program cost?

The person eligible for meals pays what he/she can afford toward the meal cost. Guidelines are given at the time of intake. An amount is agreed upon prior to starting service.

Who provides the meals?

DuPage Senior Citizens Council, a not-for-profit organization serving senior citizens in DuPage County, provides the meals.

Funds for the meals are received from Title III of the Older Americans Act through the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging, the United Way, local government, and other contributors.

How does one obtain Home Delivered Meals?

Requests may be made by the person needing the meals or by someone on behalf of the person to:

DuPage County Human Services
Senior Citizen Services

(630) 407-6500

TDD - Telephone Device for the Deaf
(630) 407-6502

Initial information is taken by phone. Every effort is made to provide service as soon as possible. After the meals begin, a worker will schedule an appointment to visit the person at home. The purpose of the visit is to discuss the meal program and other services available for senior citizens.

What is a Community Dining Center?

A place where more active seniors can come together and enjoy a hot, nutritious lunch, as well as opportunities to socialize and participate in a variety of activities. Sites are located in:

  • Bensenville
  • Naperville
  • Bloomingdale
  • Warrenville
  • Downers Grove
  • West Chicago
  • Glen Ellyn
  • Westmont
  • Lisle
  • Wheaton
  • Lombard
For more information on Community Dining Centers, please call DuPage Senior Citizens Council (630) 620-9749.

Funded and Administered by:

DuPage Senior Citizens Council

DuPage County Human Services
Senior Citizen Services

Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging