Meals and Nutrition

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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels brings meals to people over 60 who are homebound and unable to prepare their own meals. The menu is varied and the meals are nutritionally balanced, cooked without added salt, and consists of an entrée, two sides, dessert, milk, bread and margarine. We offer soft, ground, pureed, low-lactose, renal, and cardiac menus. We also offer a modified meal for people with diabetes.  Meals are delivered between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. If you’re isolated and homebound, you can arrange for frozen meals that you can use over the weekend.

We ask for a small donation per meal to help us pay for the program. But we never deny anyone a meal if they can't afford to donate.

It’s easy to start delivery of Meals on Wheels. Simply call Information & Referral at 781-599-0110.

You can view, download, or print the Monthly Meals on Wheels Menu.

You can view, download, or print the Monthly Meals on Wheels Cardiac Menu.

Meals on Wheels does not operate on the following holidays:

·         New Year’s Day (January 1)
·         Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
·         Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
·         Patriots’ Day (3rd Monday in April)
·         Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
·         Independence Day (July 4th)
·         Labor Day (first Monday in September)
·         Columbus Day (second Monday in October)
·         Veterans’ Day (November 11)
·         Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
·         Christmas Day (December 25)

Through special volunteer efforts, meals may be available on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.  Please call 781-599-0110 to inquire.

Other Nutrition Assistance

Nutrition Education and Counseling

GLSS' Nutrition Department has Registered Dieticians on staff who provide nutrition counseling for a variety of health conditions, as well as weight loss and general healthy eating.  Nutrition counseling is a Medicare benefit for those with type 2 diabetes or chronic kidney disease but counseling can be provided to anyone.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults™ Workshop

Do you want to learn more about nutrition and healthy lifestyle?

Making small changes to your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference in how you feel.  The program focuses on heart-healthy and bone-healthy nutrition strategies to improve wellness and prevent disease.  This workshop is based on the USDA’s “MyPlate” program.  This program is part of the Model Programs Project sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation.  NCOA provides national leadership and oversight for the program originally developed by Lahey Clinic and now revised and administered by Hebrew Senior Life.

What participants say:  “I’m buying more fresh produce and eating fewer prepared foods.”

Download a brochure

Where can I get more information?

Call Jousette Anaya, Wellness Pathways Program Coordinator, at 781-586-8530 or e-mail


Brown Bag Program

As a distribution site for the Greater Boston Food Bank’s Brown Bag Program, GLSS distributes a bag of groceries including both shelf-stable and fresh items on the third Friday of each month from 9 a.m‒11 a.m.  In order to qualify, individuals must be over 60, eligible for an assistance program, and pre-qualified through an application process.  Please call 781-599-0110 and request an application for this program.