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Healthy, Nutritious Meals

Malnutrition does not just happen to seniors who suffer from hunger or who do not have access to healthy food. Loneliness, isolation, immobility, depression, dementia, and other conditions can impact appetite, make eating difficult and changing metabolism. The Senior Friendship Centers Dining Centers and home delivered meals program provide more than food- the opportunity to connect with people helps feed their hearts and souls. For many seniors, these meals are the only nutritious and filling meals they eat all day.

We serve nearly 300,000 meals each year to older adults in four Southwest Florida counties: Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte and Lee.

Meals Delivered to Your Home

The Friendship Home Delivered Meals program provides well-balanced meals to older adults that are prepared fresh and quickly frozen to assure optimum freshness when heated. Home delivery is a convenient way to get meals to those who can’t cook or are homebound. In addition, home-delivered meals are a great way for long-distance care providers to be sure their loved ones are receiving healthy, nutritious meals.

Friendship Home Delivered Meals are delivered once a week, and usually provide 5-7 frozen meals at one time. For more information, call the number corresponding to your area below.

Sarasota County

866.413.5337 Toll free
Call the Elder Helpline directly to inquire about funded home-delivered meal programs in Sarasota County. Listen to the prompts and press the corresponding number to be connected with the Elder Helpline. A trained professional will ask about your individual situation, assess your needs and explain your options.

941.584.0048 – for questions about Home Delivered Meals in Sarasota County

Lee County

866.413.5337 Toll free
Call the Elder Helpline directly to inquire about home-delivered meal programs in Lee County. Listen to the prompts and press the corresponding number for more information or the Elder Helpline. A trained professional will ask about your individual situation, assess your needs and explain your options.

239.652.8683 – for questions about Home Delivered Meals in Lee County

Charlotte County

866.413.5337 Toll free
Call the Elder Helpline directly to inquire about funded home-delivered meal programs in Charlotte County. Listen to the prompts and press the corresponding number for more information or the Elder Helpline. A trained professional will ask about your individual situation, assess your needs and explain your options.

Friendship Dining

Are you over 60 and looking for a healthy and nutritious hot meal in a clean, safe and friendly environment? Visit one of our Friendship Dining locations in the following counties: Sarasota, Lee, DeSoto, and Charlotte Counties.

Four dining locations are located within Senior Friendship Centers activity centers. The other Friendship Dining locations are offered through a partnership with senior living facilities, apartment complexes, over-55 residence communities, and community centers throughout Southwest Florida. All dining locations provide the same tasty and nutritious meals, with differing hours of operation.

We suggest a donation of $3 to help us cover the cost of the meals, however, anyone is welcome to a hearty meal regardless of their ability to pay. Your contribution helps us provide meals for older adults in the communities we serve. For more information, please find the dining location you are interested in by clicking on the map or scrolling through the list below.