There are several programs available to ensure every Kansas senior has their daily nutritional needs met.
CHAMPSS – Choosing Healthy Appetizing Meal Plan Solutions for Seniors
Program offered through Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging that allows seniors age 60 and older to choose from different entrees and eat spontaneously at their convenience seven days a week at CHAMPSS locations throughout our three county area. There is a suggested donation per meal and participants must attend an orientation to enroll in the program. Participants say they enjoy the flexibility offered through this program as well as the opportunity to be around people of all ages. The CHAMPSS meal program represents the future of senior care, inter-generational and inclusive.
Topeka–1st Wednesday of Month at 1:30pm– Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging 2910 SW Topeka Blvd Topeka, KS 66611
Lawrence–1st Monday of Month at 2:00pm– Lawrence Public Library 707 Vermont St Lawrence, KS 66044
Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging is always looking for volunteers for the CHAMPSS program. Click here to see how you can assist us by becoming a volunteer!
Dance Café at Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice–711 High St, Baldwin City KS–open 11:00am to 1:00pm Monday through Friday
Hy-Vee at 3504 Clinton Parkway
Hy-Vee at 4000 West Sixth St.
Dillons at 4701 West 6th St.
Dillons at 1015 W. 23rd St.
Dillons at 1740 Massachusetts St.
F.W Huston Medical Center, Winchester
Mac’s Grill at 408 Sycamore St., Valley Falls
Dillon’s at 21st and Fairlawn
Dillon’s at 29th and California
Dillon’s at 29th and Urish Rd
Dillon’s at Hwy 24 & Rochester Rd
Dillon’s at 10th and Gage
Hy-Vee at 2951 SW Wanamaker
Millennium Café́–at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
10th & Washburn Ave., Topeka, Kansas
Kanza Café–2701 SW East Circle Dr. South, Topeka KS Open 6:30am-1:30pm Monday through Friday
Congregate Meal Sites
Noon meal five days a week for seniors age 60 and older held at the following locations
**See CHAMPSS Locations**
St. Aloysius Catholic Church at 515 Wyandotte St., Meriden
East Topeka Senior Center
The First Apartments
Highland Park United Methodist Church
LULAC Senior Center
Papan’s Landing Senior Center
Rossville Senior Center
Madison St. Apartments
Silver Lake Senior Citizen’s Center
Home Delivered Meals
- Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties provides home delivered meals five days a week to home-bound seniors in Shawnee and Jefferson counties through a network of volunteer drivers.
- Lawrence Meals on Wheels and Senior Resource Center for Douglas County provides home delivered meals five days a week to home-bound seniors in Douglas county through a network of volunteer drivers.
- Mom’s Meals provides frozen home delivered meals to home-bound seniors in Douglas, Jefferson and Shawnee counties
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Food Assistance Program serves as the first line of defense against hunger. It provides crucial support to elderly households, to low-income working households, to other low income households that include the unemployed or disabled and to households transitioning from welfare to work. Food assistance customers can spend their benefits to buy eligible nutritious food and plants and seeds to grow food for their household to eat.
Seniors Farmer’s Market
Program to provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey from farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors via coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. For purposes of this program, low-income seniors are generally defined as individuals who are at least 60 years old and who have household incomes of not more than 185% of the Federal poverty income guidelines.