5 expert-recommended meal delivery services for older adults

As you get older, your nutritional needs can change. The shifts can involve chronic illness or simply a need to build and maintain muscle.

The convenience of a meal-kit delivery takes the hassle out of going to the grocery store and some can provide the special nutritional needs of older adults.

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Below are five meal-kit delivery services from Caring Village and recommended to U.S. News by experts including a chief medical officer and a sports nutritionist.

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Meals on Wheels America

The non-profit organization supports more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country to provide nutritious food to older adults. The Atlanta chapter provides meals to Fulton County adults over the age of 60 who have low income.


The Berlin, Germany-based meal kit company provides low-calorie meals to subscribers. Lori Williams, a registered dietitian with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said she recommends HelloFresh, which provides easy-to-follow recipes that can be made in 30 minutes because it “offers meal plans priced per serving that have been created by chefs and dietitians. They create 15 new recipes each week, and you can select two to four delivered meals per week.”

Unlike HelloFresh, BistroMD meals are fully prepared. All you have to do is simply heat it and eat it. The company was developed by a bariatric doctor who deals with the treatment of obesity. As such, all meals support weight loss and those specific to diabetic treatment are also offered. A variety of plans are provided including lunch and dinners for seven days or a full program that includes breakfast and time for subscribers to practice what they’ve learned by eating healthy.

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Magic Kitchen

Dietitian-designed meals are the focus of Magic Kitchen. Healthy meals can be created for a variety of nutritional needs and delivered anywhere within the United States in a few days. The company can provide meals for government agencies including Local Areas of Aging and accommodate nutritional standards.

Mom’s Meals

Designed specifically for older adults, Mom’s Meals don’t lack in flavor. The chef-created meals are highly rated for taste and nutrition. Meals can also be tailored to meet specific needs for conditions including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

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