Nutrition

Congregate Meal Sites

Congregate meal sites provide hot, nutritionally balanced meals to the elderly or disabled adults in a group setting such as senior centers, housing sites and churches who may otherwise not eat properly as well as socialization experiences. Congregate meals are often combined with recreational, educational and social activities. These are usually federally-funded programs and meals are provided to older adults regardless of ability to pay but donations are often encouraged. Please call the meal site for details on meal times and call for reservations 24 hours in advance.

View List of WCAAA’s Congregate Meal Sites

Eligibility requirements for WCAAA nutrition programs include:

  • 60 years of age or older
  • the spouse of the person regardless of age
  • Handicapped or disabled individual who resides in a housing facility occupied primarily by the elderly at which congregate nutrition services are provided

Food Pantries 
Food pantries acquire food products through donations, canned food drives, food bank programs or direct purchases, and distribute the food to people who are in emergency situations. Call (2-1-1) for food pantry locations in your area.

 

Home Delivered Meals - Meals on Wheels

Prepared meals delivered to a person's home for individuals who are unable to prepare or obtain nourishing meals on their own. WCAAA's home-delivered meal programs provide two meals a day and can be obtained anywhere from one to seven days per week depending on need.

Eligibility factors:

  • 60 years of age or older
  • Home-bound status, not able to access public places without assistance; not drive

How to Apply
To apply or make a referral for Meals on Wheels, please call the WCAAA at (800) 994-9422 or (203)757-5449.

Meals on Wheels Providers
Clients inquiring about delivery days, please call your local Meals on Wheels provider:

         Central Naugatuck Valley(203)757-7738
 Housatonic Valley(203)743-5418
 Litchfield Hills/Northwest(860)482-4151

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Formerly known as Food Stamps, SNAP is administered by State of Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) and provides monthly benefits through a credit card system (EBT) to help low-income households to buy the food they need for good health. The amount of money available to eligible persons depends on the number of people in the household, income, plus rent and utility expenses. You may apply to SNAP and other programs by visiting your local DSS Office.

Waterbury Department of Social Services
249 Thomaston Avenue, Waterbury, CT 06702-1397 Phone:(203) 597-4000   
Towns Served: Beacon Falls, Cheshire, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Southbury, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott  

Danbury Department of Social Services
342 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810-5833 Phone:(203) 207-8900   
Towns Served: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman  

Torrington Department of Social Services
62 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 1, Torrington, CT 06790-9983 Phone: (860) 496-6900   
Towns Served: Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, Winchester, Woodbury.