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Senior Nutrition

What are Congregate Meals?

CareWell Services partners with Milestone Senior Services to support congregate meals at various locations throughout Calhoun County. Sites are listed in the link below. These meals are a chance for older adults to get out of the house, socialize, and make new friends. 

Options are available to older adults living in Barry County as well. CareWell also partners with the Barry County Commission on Aging (COA) to support their congregate meal program through one of the four Friendship Centers and COA sites, as well as the Senior Choice Meal Program. The Senior Choice Meal Program is available for seniors who live in townships not served by a senior dining center.

Get Started

For more information about days and locations in Calhoun County, contact CareWell Services’ Information and Assistance line at (269) 441-0930.

For more information on Barry County congregate meals or the Senior Choice Meal Program, call (269) 948-4856.

What is Senior Project FRESH?

CareWell Services SW is the lead agency in Calhoun County for the Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program. This program provides older adults who qualify with unprocessed, Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan.

Market FRESH originates from US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) funding. It is part of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. These federal dollars come out of the federal Farm Bill. The program was designed to benefit both farmers and seniors. The Senior Project Fresh/Market Fresh program is aimed at helping older adults eat healthier as they age.

Eligible adults will receive free nutrition education and $25 coupons that can be exchanged for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods sold at farmers markets and roadside stands. Coupons can be used from May 1 to October 31 each year.

Eligibility Requirements

Residents who are aged 60 or older with a total household income of $25,142 or less for an individual, or $33,874 for a couple, are eligible to apply for the program.

Residents who are aged 55 or older who belong to a Michigan federally recognized tribe or urban tribal group are also eligible.

Applicants must live in the county where coupons are obtained.

Get Started

Contact CareWell Services SW at 269-966-2450 beginning the second week in May. Coupons are available on a first-come, first served basis. Persons wishing to receive the coupons must attend registration and distribution events for the program; which are held at various countywide sites annually in late spring and early summer.

Eligible products, participating Calhoun County Farmers Markets and Roadside Stands and Registration and distribution sites/dates/times for the season will all be posted late spring.

Policy Board Meeting Notice

Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, DBA CareWell Services Southwest, is seeking input from the public about the needs of and available services for seniors in Barry and Calhoun counties as a part of its FY 2024-2025 Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) with the Bureau of Aging, Community Living, and Supports, Behavioral and Physical Health and Aging Services Administration, MDHHS. All interested parties are invited to provide input into the development of the AIP at the following public hearings.

Members of the public do not need to attend the public hearing to provide input.  Comments will be accepted through June 7, 2024. Written input will also be accepted in person, by letter, or email sent to the agency’s main office.
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