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Nutrition Services

Eating well is an important part of remaining healthy and independent. Springwell offers a range of nutrition services including Nutrition Education and Counseling, Meals-on-Wheels, and Community Dining Sites.

Home Delivered Meals (also called Meals on Wheels)

Springwell's Meals-on-Wheels program plays a key role in helping seniors live longer lives by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with a friendly driver. Some utilize our service while recovering from illness or surgery, others need meals indefinitely.

To be eligible for federally subsidized meals, people must be age 60 or older, be unable to prepare a nutritionally balanced meal, and be unable to go to a senior dining site.

Springwell provides Home Delivered Meals to seniors living in Belmont, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston.

Special diets available:

  • Modified: No added salt, no concentrated sweets
  • Cardiac: Low sodium, low fat, no concentrated sweets
  • Mechanical Soft: Same as cardiac except foods are cut small and diced
  • Puree: All foods are blenderized. Includes a supplement beverage.
  • Ground: Soft consistency of entrée, starches, and dessert; diced vegetables
  • Low Lactose: Meal contains no regular milk or milk products
  • Renal/Restricted Protein: Low sodium, restricted potassium, restricted fluids
  • Renal/Dialysis: Higher protein, low sodium, restricted potassium, low phosphorus, restricted fluids

We do not charge Home Delivered Meals recipients a fee for their meals, but we do request a small donation in order to help pay for this program:

Suggested donations are:

  • Frozen and regular noon meals - $2.50 per meal
  • Therapeutic meals - $2.50 per meal

Dining Sites

Springwell sponsors Dining Sites in Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston. People 60 years of age and older and their spouses are welcome to participate, regardless of their income.

All menus are designed by Registered Dietitians to meet 1/3 of the Recommended Dietary Allowance. They have a minimum sodium content and include 1% milk. Meals include an entree, vegetable, potato, rice or pasta, bread, and dessert. Soup may also be included. Low-sugar desserts are available.

Suggested donation for dining sites is:

  • $2.00 per meal

To participate in the Senior Dining Program, choose from any of these convenient locations.

Community Nutrition Choices

Information about Community Dining Programs, Transportation For Meals and Shopping and Grocers That Deliver

 

Nutrition Education and Counseling

Springwell offers nutrition education by a registered dietitian at senior centers or other community settings. In addition, nutrition counseling is provided by a Registered Dietitian upon referral from a Springwell Care Advisor.

To make a referral for Meals on Wheels or for more information, contact the Information and Referral Department at (617) 926-4100.