Meal options and nutrition programs

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

2023 Meal Cost Increase

We intend to continue providing services to all eligible persons in need and are grateful for a generous community.  Since the pandemic, this important work has been made trickier due to supply chain issues that make it hard to get some food products, the skyrocketing prices of food and fuel and the impacts of staffing and workforce shortages. While we continue to receive financial support from the U.S. Administration on Aging, the New York State and Tompkins County Offices for the Aging, voluntary contributions from participants and charitable donations from individuals, businesses and foundations, the struggle to address rising costs is real.

Foodnet provides meals to clients, without a waiting list, throughout Tompkins County and has not considered an increase in meal costs since 2013 but the reality of the situation requires us to increase costs for 2023.

Starting in January, the cost for a complete, nutritionally balanced meals served to you or delivered to your home will be as follows:

  • Hot meals $10
  • Frozen weekend meals $7.80
  • Supplemental cold sandwich meals $1.80  
  • Blizzard Bag $40 (4 meals included in each bag).

October 2023 Meals and Sandwich Menus

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!

    $50 per week
    or a voluntary contribution

  • 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.

    $65.60 per week
    or a voluntary contribution

  • 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.

    $59.00 per week
    or a voluntary contribution

  • 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.

    $74.60 per week
    or a voluntary contribution


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.

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.

Nutrition Education

Discover the Nutritional Benefits of Buying Local (September 2021) – By Nicol Iori & Luiza Vierira, Cornell University Interns


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: Congregate Meals Program

Participation requires a reservation. 

Please see below for congregate meals eligibility.

Call us at 607-266-9553 for more information or to register for Congregate Meals.

Community Meals Locations

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

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

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.

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