Options for Contracting Meals During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created food production challenges for senior nutrition programs across the United States. Congregate meal sites have closed and are no longer able to provide on-site nutritious meals and socialization to older Americans. Displaced congregate attendees have been added to home delivered meal programs. These programs are stretching to keep up with the new additional clients while addressing other increased demands on services caused by COVID-19. Some home delivered meal providers find their situation “business as usual” and deliver hot meals to their clients; others must look to the marketplace
for solutions. Innovation and “thinking outside the box” are important in sourcing meal providers who can produce nutritious, tasty meals.

This document provides suggestions with the level of expertise and the provider’s ability to meet the needs of home delivered meals. The list is not exhaustive, and the availability of these suggested providers will vary based on your local and state COVID-19 conditions.