For seniors living on their own, cooking can become more of a burden than a joy. Keeping your kitchen stocked, cooking and cleaning, making sure you’re consuming all the right nutrients—it takes a lot out of a person, especially if you’re trying to enjoy your retirement. But you don’t need to resort to eating out for leftovers or filling up at the buffet and hoping that big meal lasts you for the day. No, there are plenty of low-cost meal delivery services for seniors out there.
Over the past decade or so, countless services have popped up to deliver tasty, nutritious, and budget-friendly meals that meet your preferences and schedule. No need to go out for groceries. Find affordable and easy, oven-ready meal options delivered right to your door.
Keep reading for some of the best names in the meal-delivery game, with quick links at the bottom.
Snap Kitchen prepares its meals with seniors in mind. In fact, all of its meals are designed by registered dieticians, who strive to pack all the necessary nutrients that seniors need each day.
This service offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, and plans are easily customizable, which means you can add extra snacks, sides, or protein upon request. Snap will also adjust your meals based on dietary restrictions, with gluten-free, low-carb, and diabetes-friendly options.
Customers can choose either 6 or 12 meals per week, with plans starting at $11.67/meal for the smaller option and $9.58/meal for the larger plan.
Mom’s Meals specifically caters to elderly adults, with dishes that accommodate diabetes, chronic kidney disease, cancer and swallowing difficulty. While other meal services often deliver food frozen, Mom’s are refrigerated and designed to last in the fridge for two weeks.
Best of all, you might qualify to pay for your Mom’s Meal through Medicare or Medicaid. Depending on your circumstance, your health insurance could cover part or all of the expense. (Reach out to your specific insurer to learn more). Plus, Mom’s Meals deliver in every state, even in rural areas, providing nutritious fare to those who live far from a supermarket.
Weekly plans are flexible, starting at only $6.99 per meal if your insurance does not cover part of the cost.
Freshly is perfect for those who live on their own, since their meals are served in single portions. They offer great versatility, both in meal options and in delivery frequency. You can choose one of four plans, to receive either 4, 6, 10 or 12 meals per week. The cheapest per-meal plan is the 12/week option, which costs only $8.49 per meal. Plus, you can choose from over 30 chef-inspired dishes, like steak peppercorn, sausage baked penne, or homestyle chicken—all of which can be heated and enjoyed in under 3 minutes.
Freshly also puts emphasis on nutritional value and high-quality ingredients. In her review of the service, dietician Rachael Links writes, “It can also be a great way to start introducing more healthy, nutrient-rich foods into your diet, as all meals are free of artificial flavors, refined sugars, and preservatives.”
Magic Kitchen provides a wide variety of food options from two menus: a la carte or complete meals.
Ordering a la carte gives you the option to mix and match your preference of soups, entrees, sides, and desserts. Complete meals, meanwhile, are bundled together for your convenience.
Another awesome feature of Magic Kitchen is that it caters to many dietary restrictions. Whether you keep a diet that is low sodium, low carb, vegetarian or need to accommodate for diabetes, dialysis, or renal conditions, Magic Kitchen can provide you with a perfectly-suitable option.
You can opt for 7, 14, or 21 meals per week, with plans varying in price from $11.70 to $14 per meal.