Congregate Lunch Program

The purpose of the nutrition program is to assist Maryland’s older citizens to reduce hunger and food insecurity, and to promote socialization and independent living.  Each meal complies with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and each meal provides one-third of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.  The congregate meal program is funded under Title III-C of the Older Americans Act of 1965.  

Congregate nutrition services, including emergency meal kits, are available to persons 60 years and older and their spouses, regardless of their age.  Voluntary, anonymous contributions are requested from eligible program participants for meals. Individuals who do not contribute are not denied meals.  

Participant contributions are used to offset the meal cost, increase the number of meals served, and to provide supportive services directly related to the nutrition program, such as nutrition screenings and education.

Volunteers, regardless of age, who provide services during the meal hours, may be offered a meal on the same basis as meals provided to eligible participants.  Guests under 60 years old may be served meals at the full cost of the meal. 

As of September 1, 2014 the full cost of the regular meal is $4.10 and $5.39 for special meals. Participants are requested to contribute as generously, up to the cost of the meal, to ensure the viability of this important service.

Meal participants must make lunch reservations one week in advance.  People who do not make reservations are not guaranteed a meal.  For further information, contact MAP of Howard County (Maryland Access Point) at 410-313-1234, or staff at the Congregate Meal location:


Bain 50+ Center 410-313-7213            
East Columbia 50+ Center 410-313-7680

Elkridge 50+ Center 410-313-5192                     
Ellicott City 50+ Center 410-313-1400
Glenwood 50+ Center 410-313-5440   
Longwood 50+ Center 410-313-7217
North Laurel 50+ Center 410-313-0380                    


Home Delivered Meal Program

The purpose of the Home Delivered Meal nutrition program is to assist Maryland’s older homebound citizens to reduce hunger and food insecurity, and to maintain independent living in the community.  Each meal complies with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and each meal provides one-third of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.  Two meals, one hot and one cold, are delivered Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., including some holidays.  Week-end meals may be available to participants who meet special criteria.  Volunteers delivering the meals provide the participants with daily contact, a reassuring visit and a vital link to the community. This is especially important for people who have few family or other social contacts. The home delivered meal program is funded under Title III-C2 of the Older Americans Act of 1965. 

Home delivered meal services, including emergency meal kits, are available to homebound persons 60 years and older and their spouses, regardless of their age.  Voluntary contributions for meals are requested from program participants. Individuals who do not contribute are not denied meals.  Participants are encouraged to contribute as generously as they can to ensure the viability of this important service.

Participant contributions are used to increase the number of meals served. As of September 1, 2014 the full cost of the regular meal is $5.90 ($7.56 for kosher meals and $7.84 for Korean).  Special diet meals for no concentrated sweets and texture modified diets are also available.  

Emergency meal kits are distributed at least one-time per year during the winter months for use in emergency situations such as severe winter weather or disaster relief. The actual cost for emergency meal kits is $8.60 and $9.36 for kosher meals. 

Howard County Government contracts with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc. to provide this service to homebound older adults.  

To apply for service, call Meals on Wheels at 410-730-9476 Monday – Friday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. to complete an application.  The following information will be requested: name, address, phone number, date of birth, Social Security number, emergency contact information, name and phone number of the applicant’s physician, and a list of major health problems.

Home Modification and Fall Prevention

According to annual AARP surveys, 9 out of 10 older adults prefer to remain in their own homes as long as possible. Residents age and so does the housing they live in.  Such housing often presents problems that inhibit individuals from safely aging in place.  Common problems such as:
a. Unsafe stairs that make it difficult to get into and out of the house
b. Stairs inside homes that can be hazardous
c. Bathrooms that are not efficient to use
d. Inadequate lighting
Residents most often know what some of