Nutrition Program Eligibility

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

Others who may be eligible are people with disabilities who live in congregate housing facilities designed primarily for the older adults and where a congregate meal sites exists or those who live with a guardian who eats at an Adult Nutrition Site.

Through the Older Americans Act Title III-C, Older Adult 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 12 nutrition providers across the state that are currently serving in 133 communities, there are 8 tribes serving the elders on tribal reservations. A reservation for Adult Meal can be made one day in advance by calling the site. Meal tickets are encouraged and donations can be either cash or food stamps.

Contact your local Adult Nutrition site for more information

Home-Delivered Meals

A person who is at least 60 years old and is home-bound because of physical incapacity; emotional, mental or social conditions; or isolation is eligible to receive home-delivered meals. The spouse of a home-bound 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 home-bound older person.

A person is considered home-bound 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 home-bound 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 home-bound 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 Adult Nutrition site . Meal tickets are encouraged, and donations can be either cash or food stamps.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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

To apply for SNAP, click here or contact your local the Department of Social Services at 605-773-3165.