3 Free Food Delivery Services for Seniors

We often see food delivery services as a luxury or an indulgence. But for a lot of people, food delivery is their lifeline. Many individuals live with chronic illnesses or disabilities that interfere with their daily activities, including the ability to cook for themselves. They may present symptoms like nausea, fatigue, fever, vertigo, pain, etc. All of which, make it harder to live a regular life.

 

Sure, boiling some pasta and heating up a jar of sauce is easy. It sounds easy. You can even say that it'll only take 15 minutes. Even if that's true, 15 minutes is a long time for some people.

 

Here's where food delivery comes to the rescue. If no one is there to help with food prep, food delivery is your solution to nourishment. With a few clicks on your smartphone or computer, you can get healthy food delivered right to your doorstep. There are even a few choices. Here are a some categories of food delivery services;

 

Restaurant-to-Home

 

The restaurant-to-home is the classic system of food delivery for seniors. Basically, the restaurant sends food to the waiting customer. To get the most of this, you should be familiar with the restaurant already. You'll need to develop a relationship with the establishment, their staff, and know their menu.

 

There are lots of centralized food delivery services for seniors that work with restaurants as well. Their services make it possible for you to order something repeatedly without ever seeing the establishment or speaking with their staff.

 

GrubHub

currently serves in 13 cities and hundreds of restaurants. Their app, available on Android and iOS, has a person-to-person customer service online and by phone.

 

Seamless

features over 7,000 restaurants for you to choose from. They serve in 30 cities in the US and London.

 

Caviar

serves in 14 cities and partners with hundreds of restaurants for lunch and dinner.

 

The Homemade Feel Meal

 

Munchery

is a food delivery service that operates everything in-house instead of outsourcing to third parties like restaurants. The chefs work right inside the Munchery facilities.

 

Pros:

The price ranges from $8-$12/meal (with an additional delivery charge of $3-$5),

 

They prepare tasty & nutritional choices on their menu sent in a brown compostable container.

 

You have the option to choose a delivery time that has an hour time frame.

 

Cons:

Your food arrives cold.

 

They only serve dinner in most places.

 

Their options sometimes get sold out.

 

Requires membership fee of $8.95/month.

 

 

Sprig

is a similar food delivery service with a healthier drive. Sprig co-founder said to Wang that they didn't intend on targeting people with illnesses for their services. He stated that it was just a byproduct of trying to make things simple and healthy.

 

Pros:

Delivers warm meals.

 

Very transparent with the ingredients they use.

 

Gluten-free & dairy-free options, ideal for those with dietary restrictions.

 

Show pictures of their food with the nutritional content and even some bonus food facts and info.

 

Deliver in 20 minutes or less.

 

Cons:

A little more expensive than Munchery with meals starting at $14 and a delivery charge of $2.75

 

 

Free Food Delivery Services

 

This convenience has made it easier for a lot of people. However, it can come with a price. It can be considered a health cost though. In the end, it enables you to accomplish more.

 

Unfortunately, these costs are adding to the burden of those who are already struggling financially. Those who are disabled depend only on their SSI (Supplemental Security Income) will especially find it difficult to do with a budget of no more than $733/ month. The good news is, there are organizations that work to help those in need.

 

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)

 

A program that aims to provide aid to the elderly or disabled.

 

Unfortunately, for now they are only available in some areas to homeless, elderly and disabled people.

 

 

Meals On Wheels America

 

Provides healthy meals either for free or at a lower price.

 

You can also get regular social visits from the delivery person if you choose.  

 

 

Lifelong & Project Angel Heart

 

They provide free meals for people with “more” serious and life-threatening illnesses like HIV/AIDS, for example.

 

 

 


Updated: Nov 22, 2016

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