Elder Services of Berkshire County

877 South Street Suite 4E Pittsfield MA

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1-800-544-5242

Elder Services of Berkshire County offers an Elder Nutrition/ Meals on Wheels program for seniors, consisting of Meals on Wheels and Senior Lunch Sites.  Elder Services Lanesboro kitchen prepares meals for both programs, close to 900 meals each Monday through Friday. Each meal meets one-third of the RDA for seniors. Fresh produce, much of it locally grown, is used as often as possible. All meals are prepared without added salt, however, certain meals, such as ham, hot dogs, or pre-manufactured food items, may be relatively high sodium, and should be balanced with low-sodium breakfasts and dinners.  Sugar-free desserts are an option for diabetics and lactaid milk is available for the lactose-intolerant. The meals are available free of charge to eligible seniors. No means test is applied. A suggested donation of $2.00 per meal helps defray the costs of preparing and serving the meals. Each eligible senior receives a meal whether or not they make a donation.

Meals on Wheels

For over 40 years, Elder Services’ Meals on Wheels program has helped many thousands of seniors remain living independently in their own homes. Elder Services prepares and delivers over 180,00 home delivered meals annually. Eligible seniors interested in receiving Meals on Wheels should call Elder Services at 413-499-0524 or 1-800-544-5242.

To receive Meals on Wheels, seniors must be 60 or older and have at least one of the following:

  • The inability to prepare a meal for themselves, or travel to get one.
  • A physical impairment affecting mobility, vision or cognition as a result of the aging process, accidents or injuries.
  • Inadequate kitchen facilities
  • The lack of a support system to prepare meals.

Seniors who receive Meals on Wheels must be unable to attend a Senior Group Meal site, and have no one to help prepare a meal for them. For those meeting the Meals on Wheels criteria, the program can be a lifeline, helping to combat inadequate nutrition, isolation and depression, and promoting health and well-being.  It is estimated that one in four senior citizens is under-nourished and it is known that the absence of human contact can also adversely affect one’s health.  For many homebound seniors, the daily delivery of the hot, nutritious noon-time meals and the accompanying well-being checks are perhaps the most essential services Elder Services offers.

Meals on Wheels are delivered to seniors at their homes, and in many cases the interaction the senior has with the driver is the only face-to-face contact a senior has that day. The driver makes sure to hand the meal directly to the senior and see how they are doing, providing an important “well-being check.”  If something seems amiss with the senior, or if he or she fails to answer the door, the driver reports this to Nutrition program staff, who make sure everything is all right.

The driver is often the first to notice a senior’s need for additional services.  Other helpful supports can then be put in place to help the senior remain living safely at home.

Senior Group Meals

All across Berkshire County, seniors gather to enjoy balanced noontime meals at one of our 14 Senior Meal Sites.  Some offer meals all five weekdays, and some less often. Most are located in senior centers. Those who attend Elder Services’ Senior Lunch Sites are largely ambulatory, active seniors who enjoy social interactions that help prevent isolation and loneliness. They have the opportunity to participate in recreational activities or attend informative workshops that are often scheduled before or after lunch.

Elder Services offers hot, nutritious noontime meals at senior lunch sites located throughout Berkshire County.  Anyone over 60 may reserve a meal at any of the sites by calling the site they would like to attend by 11:00 a.m. the previous day.  There is a suggested donation of $2.00 a meal.

Senior Group Meals:

City/Town
Phone
Address Meal
Times
Days Meals Served
M Tu W Th F
Adams
743-8333
Adams Visitor Center
3 Hoosac Street
11:30 a.m. x x x x x
Becket
623-8934
Town Hall
Route 8
11:00 a.m. x x
Cheshire
743-9719
Senior Center
119 School Street
11:30 a.m. x x
Dalton
684-2000
Senior Center
40 Field Street Ext.
Noon x x
Great Barrington
528-4118
Claire Teague Senior Ctr.
909 South Main Street
11:30 a.m. x x x x x
Lanesboro
442-4761
Town Hall
83 North Main Street
11:30 a.m. x x
Lee
243-5545
Senior Center
21 Crossway Village
11:45 a.m. x x x x x
Lenox
637-5535
Community Ctr.
65 Walker Street
Noon x x
North Adams
662-3125
Spitzer Center
116 Ashland Street
11:45 a.m. x x x x x
Pittsfield
499-9346
Ralph J. Froio Senior Ctr.
330 North Street
11:30 a.m. x x x x x
Pittsfield-Kosher *
442-2200
Cong. Knesset Israel
16 Colt Road
Noon x x x
Stockbridge
298-4170 x263
Senior Center
50 Main Street
Noon x
Stockbridge
298-3222
Heaton Court
5 Pine Street
11:30 a.m. x x
Williamstown
458-8350
Harper Center
118 Church Street
noon x x x x
*The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires offers an Older Adult Kosher Lunch Program in conjunction with Elder Services.

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