Houston Health Department

Nutrition Programs


31st annual Houston meals for the elderly. Help provide Thanksgiving meals to thousands of homebound and disabled older adults.

Help provide Thanksgiving meals and smiles to thousands of homebound and disabled older adults.

For the past 30 years, we have sponsored hot meals on Thanksgiving Day for homebound and disabled residents of Houston and Harris County. With financial support from donors and the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, the Area Agency on Aging purchases and coordinates delivery of more than 6,000 meals each Thanksgiving Day.

To donate:

  • Donate online via the Houston Health Foundation. (Select “Area Agency on Aging Home Delivered Meals” on the dropdown menu.)
  • Donate by mail to:
    Houston Meals for the Elderly
    Houston Health Department – Area Agency on Aging
    8000 N. Stadium Drive, Suite 300
    Houston, TX 77054

Our nutrition programs are designed to eliminate food insecurity for older, vulnerable adults. Through a network of community-based agencies and government entities, we manage the distribution of close to 1.5 million meals annually, to adults 60 years or older, throughout Houston and Harris County.

Call us today: 832-393-4301

Home Delivered Meals

In 2018, we provided 1,074,754 meals to over 7,239 home-bound individuals in Houston and Harris County through our home delivered meals program, commonly known as "meals on wheels."

Find out if you, a friend, or family member can receive nutrition services.

Community dining (congregate meals program)

In 2018, we worked with partner agencies to provide 337,640 nutritious hot meals at 36 congregate meal sites throughout Houston and Harris County.

Find Community dining locations

Meals are provided between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., five days a week, at local community centers in Houston and Harris County.

More than 4,201 individuals received meals at a congregate site in 2018. In addition to meals, a congregate setting offers older adults a chance to participate in evidenced based programs and encourages social engagement that promotes their overall well-being.

Transportation to Congregate Meal Sites

To reduce food insecurity and ensure access to nutritious meals, we provide transportation to and from congregate meal sites for eligible older adults. In 2018, we provided 88,000 trips to 454 individuals.

Evidence Based Classes and Education Programs

In addition to receiving a hot, nutritious meal, consumers also are able access additional services and resources from us and the Houston Health Department, as well as contractors and other providers.

We partner with agencies to offer evidence-based programs to consumers attending congregate meal sites. While all programs are not available at every location, the following are some of the evidence based programs that are provided to consumers: