Houston Health Department

Nutrition Services


Funded by the Older Americans Act, the Nutrition Program serves eligible older adults a nutritionally balanced meal, Monday through Friday (except approved holidays). Meals are served through a network of congregate and home delivered meal providers located in service areas throughout Harris County. 

The primary target population for the nutrition program is older adults 60+, residing in Harris County, who are in greatest social-economic need and would benefit from a hot nutritional meal and a socialization opportunity. Individuals requesting nutrition services are interviewed and assessed to determine program eligibility. 

The Congregate Nutrition Centers offer a daily nutritional meal, socialization opportunities, exercise, nutrition education, information and assistance, and a variety of other life-enhancing programs. Many of the centers provide physical fitness programs, health education, and special event opportunities. Where applicable, transportation can be made available to the nutrition site.

To qualify for the Home Delivered Meal Program, a person must be at least 60 years of age or older and/or the spouse of a 60+ participant who resides within Harris County and has an impairment that would prevent attendance at a congregate nutrition center. To determine eligibility of a meals on wheels participant, an intake worker will visit the home and complete an assessment. If determined eligible, a hot nutritional meal will be delivered to the older adult for five days a week, with the exception of holidays. Each participant is reassessed annually. Information and assistance is also available for home delivered meal recipients. 

For more information, call the Harris County Area Agency on Aging at 832-393-4301.  If outside Harris County, call toll free 1-800-213-8471. The HCAAA's main office is located at 8000 North Stadium Drive, 3rd floor, Houston, TX 77054. Click here for a map. Our email address is aging@houstontx.gov.