EUs may use food stamp benefits to purchase meals prepared for and delivered to them by a non-profit meal delivery service authorized by FNS.
An individual may be approved to purchase meals from a non-profit meal delivery service if the individual is 60 years of age or older, or the individual is housebound, physically handicapped, or otherwise disabled to the extent that the individual is unable to adequately prepare all meals. The spouse may also purchase meals from a non-profit meal delivery service regardless of age or disability.
In determining eligibility for delivered meal service, complete an investigation as with any other application.
Receipt of disability payments qualifying the individual for elderly/disabled status verifies a participant's disability. If the payments are not received and the disability is obvious, record how the decision was made. If the disability is not obvious, obtain a doctor's statement to show the claimant cannot adequately prepare meals.
Communal dining facilities include senior citizens' centers, apartment buildings occupied primarily by elderly persons, any public non-profit private school (tax exempt) that prepares meals especially for elderly persons during special hours, and certain other public or non-profit private establishments (tax exempt) that prepare and serve meals for the elderly. Also included are private establishments under contract with a state or local agency to offer, at concessional prices, meals prepared especially for the elderly. Such facilities may accept food stamp benefits only after authorization by FNS.
An individual may be approved to purchase meals prepared at a communal dining facility if that individual is:
The spouse may also purchase meals from a communal dining facility regardless of age.
In determining eligibility for communal dining, complete an investigation as with any other application.