> Nutrition Programs – Resources

Good nutrition is an important component to maintaining elders’ health, well being, and satisfaction with daily life. Elder Services has partnered with a number of organizations to meet these nutritional needs. Those include Elder Brown Bag Program, the Nutrition Program known as “Meals on Wheels” and the Wadleigh Food Security Initiative.


Elder Brown Bag Program

Elder Services has collaborated with the Greater Boston Food Bank and local sites to provide fresh groceries on a monthly basis to over 2,480 elders in the Merrimack Valley. Each “Brown Bag” contains about 15 pounds of food both perishable and non-perishable foods are included. This program enables low income seniors to stretch their food dollars throughout the month. We have sites in Greater Haverhill, Greater Lawrence, and the Greater Lowell areas. Several housing facilities and Councils on Aging have volunteer drivers that pick up the bags to distribute to seniors within a particular community. This program is free of charge and has application process.

Those who are eligible are low-income elders, 60 years of age and older, will receive a bag of groceries once per month, distributed at a local community site. There are sites in Lawrence, Haverhill and Lowell for pickup. For additional information or to apply, call Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., Age Information Department at 800-892-0890.

Meals on Wheels

Eating well is an important part of staying healthy and remaining independent. When it becomes difficult for an elder to prepare a meal, the meals on wheels program can help. Nutrition Programs, funded by state and federal dollars are designed to help provide for the nutritional needs of older adults. Nutritious hot meals are offered at noon time in different venues.

Congregate Meals are offered at Councils on Aging and other established sites to provide a noon day meal in the company of others. Socialization and special programs are often combined with the noon day meal so that participants enjoy an afternoon together.

Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) support the nutritional needs of elders age 60 and over who may not be able to cook for themselves or attend congregate meal sites to eat a noon day meal with others. Meals are delivered hot to an individual’s home by a volunteer driver who works an established route. Storm packs, frozen meals, and special dietary meals are also available.

For Andover and Chelmsford residents meals are provided by the local Councils on Aging:

Andover Council on Aging

30 Whittier Court

Mail: 36 Bartlet Street

Andover, MA 01810


Chelmsford Council on Aging

75 Groton Road

Chelmsford, MA 01863


For Lawrence and Lowell residents with acute life threatening illness only:

Community Servings

18 Marbury Terrace

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


For more information about the Meals on Wheels or Congregate meal programs in a particular city or town, please contact Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., Age Information Department at 800-892-0890 or the local Council on Aging.

Wadleigh Elder Food Security Initiative

The Wadleigh Elder Food Security Initiative aims to help increase fresh food to elders living in Haverhill, Groveland, West Newbury and Merrimac. Programs and activities included are: hosting the Greater Haverhill Elder Food Collaborative, Brown Bag site, community markets and educational events. This project is fully funded by the George C. Wadleigh foundation. For more information call Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc., Age Information Department at 800-892-0890.