Congregate / Senior Meal Program

About the Program

The Congregate Meal Program, also known as the Senior Meal Program, is a daily lunch program that ensures a free and nutritious meal for seniors ages 60 and older. The program is sponsored in part by the Dallas Area Agency on Aging, and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. Lunch is served Monday - Friday beginning at 12:00 p.m. while food supply lasts or until all eligible participants have received a qualified meal.  Lunch is served in the Senior Life Center Dining Hall, and usually concludes by 12:30 p.m.  A 24–48-hour RSVP (reservation) is strongly encouraged.  


Seniors do not have to be a member of the Lancaster Senior Life Center to participate in the free lunch program. In order to join the program, the applicant must complete an intake form and nutritional assessment prior to participation. Participants must also participate in an annual nutrition education session/presentation to remain in the program. There is no cost for this nutrition education session/presentation.  To inquire about the program or set an appointment to register, please call 972-218-3780.


The program is available at no cost for eligible seniors ages 60 and better.  It is recommended that daily donation of $1.00 be given.  Seniors ages 50-59, who are not eligible participants, may purchase the daily lunch for a fee of $6.75.


Senior Senate Board

The Senior Senate Board is also known as the Nutrition Site Council for the Lancaster Senior Life Center. It is an elected and appointed group of representatives who meet monthly to make recommendations to staff regarding the Congregate Meal Program and to assist with Senior Programming. Each member of the Senior Senate is elected by Senior Life Center members, or appointed by the Board, to serve a one-year team, and tasked with representing the interests of the Senior Life Center members during program planning, development, evaluation and implementation.

2023 Senior Senate Board and Nutrition Site Council Members

  • Mrs. Linda Gilbert, President
  • Ms. Minnie Green, Vice President
  • Ms. Joanne Crook, Secretary
  • Mr. Melvin Whitson, Treasurer
  • Ms. Linda William, Community Liaison