Meal options and nutrition programs

Our services are designed to optimize your health and well-being

Foodnet’s Response to COVID-19

We want you to know that the safety of our participants, staff, and volunteers is of our greatest concern.  We are continuing to monitor information from our local health officials, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Tompkins County Health Department is working closely with Tompkins County Administration, elected officials, community partners and healthcare providers.

In abundance of caution, related to COVID-19, Foodnet has updated our precautions to ensure your safety.  However, please note that this is an evolving situation, and all precautions are subject to change.

  • All clients have a 14-day supply of emergency meals on-hand in the event of a service disruption.
  • Foodnet is providing all meal deliveries without direct contact. Delivery staff will knock/ring the doorbell, step back and make sure you receive the meal.  If you do not answer the door, we will do our best to reach you by phone.
  • All Congregate clients will receive their meals in their apartments/homes. Staff will deliver these meals to you using the same non-contact approach.
  • Home Delivered Meal routes will temporarily be provided on an every other day schedule. On each delivery, you will receive a hot meal, (sandwich meal, if needed), and a frozen meal for the following day.
  • Nutrition counseling, assessment and case management will continue to be provided by telephone.
  • Foodnet has increased all sanitation procedures. Drivers have hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to use during meal deliveries.
  • At this time, no outside visitors aside from essential services will be permitted in Foodnet’s central office.
  • We also ask that if you are experiencing symptoms related to any viruses (i.e. Flu) to please let us know.
  • If you are experiencing main symptoms of Coronavirus such as fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, or have come into contact with someone with the illness, please contact your health provider.
  • If you have been notified that you have a positive COVID-19 test, have been asked to quarantine or self-isolate, please let us know immediately.

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Individual Meal Plans

Adequate nutrition is essential for healthy aging, the prevention or delay of chronic disease and disease-related disabilities, and for improved quality of life. Almost 90% of older adults have a nutrition-related chronic disease or condition.  About 40% of community dwelling older adults have inadequate food and nutrient intake, which affects their health and ability to function independently. Foodnet Meals on Wheels offers a variety of meal delivery options and services that promote health, and well-being.

Eligibility for Home Delivered Meals

  1. Persons age 60 and over are eligible to receive home delivered meals if they are homebound due to accident, illness or frailty; lack adequate support of family friends or neighbors; and are unable to prepare meals because of any one of the following:
  • Lack of facilities such as refrigeration, stove, etc.
  • Inability to shop and cook for self
  • Inability to safely prepare meals
  • Lack of knowledge and skills
  1. The spouse of the homebound person, regardless of age or condition, is eligible to receive home delivered meals when the provision of a meal to the spouse is in the best interest of the homebound person.
  2. Non-elderly disabled individuals who reside in a non-institutional household with a person eligible to receive home delivered meals may also receive this service when the provision of the meal to the non-elderly disabled individual is in the best interest of the homebound elderly person.
  3. Other persons under age 60 are eligible to receive home delivered meals under the criteria listed in #1 above provided they purchase the meals under the Foodnet Select program or arrange for a third party to pay for the meals on their behalf.
  • Plan 1

    One hot meal per day Monday to Friday. Lunch or Dinner

    Try our easy and deliciously healthy meals!

    $40 per week
    or a voluntary contribution

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  • Plan 2

    One hot meal per day Monday to Friday plus two frozen weekend meals. Lunch or Dinner

    Re-energize your body and mind with tasty and nutritious meals plus a little more for the weekend.

    $53 per week
    or a voluntary contribution

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  • Plan 3

    One hot meal and one sandwich meal per day Monday to Friday. Lunch and Dinner

    Add more to your plate! Try our wholesome hot meals and a variety of sandwich meals Monday through Friday.

    $47.50 per week
    or a voluntary contribution

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  • Plan 4

    One hot meal and one sandwich meal per day Monday to Friday plus two frozen weekend meals. Lunch and Dinner

    A deluxe plan to support your needs 7 days a week! Try our healthy hot meals, our variety of sandwich meals, plus 2 frozen meals for the weekend.

    $60.50 per week
    or a voluntary contribution

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Any meal plan can be customized for 1 to 5 weekdays. We encourage clients to make a voluntary contribution towards their meals but no one is turned away because of inability to pay.  Check out Foodnet’s Monthly Menu.

Nutrition Services

Foodnet Meals on Wheels has a full-time Registered Dietitian that provides menu planning, counseling, and education to help our clients meet their nutritional needs. As a Foodnet client, we focus on your health so that you can live as independently as possible. Nutrition services include:

  • Annual nutrition risk assessments, and nutrition education for our clients.
  • Individualized nutrition counseling sessions.
  • A meal service plan designed to meet your nutritional needs.
  • Modified diet accommodations, guidance, and instructions.
  • Coordination with your primary care physician and other community resources.

Menu Planning

Foodnet’s recipes and menus are created by our Registered Dietitian, and Food Services Operations Manager to provide clients with healthy and satisfying choices.  All of our menus follow the latest American Dietetic Association guidelines, and include *one-third or *two-thirds of the daily Dietary Reference Intake of nutrients.  Foodnet’s meals are high in protein, low in salt and include moderate  sugar and fat.

*Hot meals equal one-third of the daily nutritional intake requirements

 

Group Dining

Enjoy a nutritious meal in a social setting. Foodnet Meals on Wheels has four community meal sites where you can join others for a meal. Community meal sites are located in Groton, Titus Towers in Ithaca, Lansing, and Trumansburg.

Seniors Doing Lunch!

Social Dining Rooms have been transitioned to Home Meal Delivery during COVID-19. Please call us for information about these services.  Tompkins County residents age 60 and older are eligible for services. 

Community Meals Locations

Titus Towers Nutrition Program (Monday-Friday)
800 S. Plain St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-5297

Groton Nutrition Program (Monday-Friday)
Center Village Court
200 W. South St.
Groton, NY 13073
607-279-9145

 

Eligibility for Congregate Meals:
  1. Anyone 60 years of age or over is eligible to participate. The spouse of an eligible individual, regardless of age, is eligible to participate.
  2. Individuals under age 60 can receive the meals at full cost, with private insurance, or by volunteering during mealtime.
  3. Individuals living with a disability under the age of 60 that reside in a senior housing apartment where the meal is provided are also eligible.
  4. Non-elderly individuals living with a disability who reside in a non-institutional household with and accompany a person eligible for congregate meals shall be provided a meal on the same basis that meals are provided to volunteers.
  5. Volunteers under age 60 who provide congregate or home delivered meal services during meal time are eligible to receive a meal and may voluntarily contribute to its cost.