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Meals during Covid-19 Pandemic

Statement on Congregate Meal Site Re-openings

Effective June 12, 2020

While Governor Reynolds has given consent for Adult Day Services and Senior Centers to re-open amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, Connections Area Agency on Aging will not be resuming our congregate meal service in our 34 communities at this time. Her proclamation allows for privately owned and independent Senior Centers to resume business, but there are no congregate meal sites managed by Iowa’s six Area Agencies on Aging that will re-open at this time.

The coronavirus remains in all corners of our service area, and there is so much unknown about this volatile, unpredictable and highly contagious pandemic. The things that we do know are that the virus can produce particularly harsh outcomes for individuals over age 65, and this demographic comprises the vast majority of our congregate meal participants.

Please be assured that all of us here at Connections are working with state and national leaders (from public health to the business sector) to implement safety protocols and processes in anticipation for the time when we feel that we can resume the hot home-delivered and subsequent congregate meal program. UNTIL THEN, THE SAFETY OF OUR PARTICIPANTS, STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS REMAINS OUR KEY FOCUS.

We know that many aging Iowans miss attending their local congregate meal program and are eager to “get out” and see friends. I want you to know that we miss having you there. We look forward to your return but only when we can be assured that our program is not putting older Iowans at risk. Until then, please do not hesitate to phone us if you have any questions, concerns or items of need. There are many ways that we’ve been able to assist aging Iowans and their caregivers during these trying times. Please phone us toll free:  800-432-9209


Kelly Butts-Elston, C.E.O.

Connections Area Agency on Aging

Effective March 17, 2020, with regards to the safety of our senior consumers, volunteers, and staff, the following measures are in place indefinitely. Progression of the virus will be monitored and this date could be extended as needed.

  • All congregate meal service is suspended indefinitely. Seniors who dine at the congregate sites will be offered shelf stable and/or frozen meals, that will be distributed in 5 or 10 day packs.
  • Seniors who normally receive home delivered meals (Meals on Wheels) will be receiving deliveries of 10 frozen and/or shelf stable meals.
  • Donations to help with these meals are appreciated and can be made by check and mailed, or on by clicking this link. Donate now.

If you or your loved one (age 60+) are in need of meals, contact us at 800.432.9209 or clicking here and completing the form.

Menus will be posted on this page when we are able to reopen congregate meal sites. Home delivered meal menus may vary slightly.

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