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Dane County Department of Human Services

Senior Nutrition Program

Senior Dining Sites & Home-delivered Meals

There are 28 Dane County senior dining sites where seniors (age 60+) meet to socialize and have a nutritious meal on a donation basis. Programs, activities, and information about health, resources, and nutrition often accompany the meal. Transportation is available. For those who are homebound, a nutritious meal can be delivered to a person’s home.

Personal Nutrition Counseling Available for Older Adults

One-on-one nutrition counseling is available to older adults residing in areas served by the Senior Nutrition Program in Dane County seeking information on ways to improve their overall health. Registered Dietitian Shannon Gabriel meets with older adults age 60 plus to discuss nutrition-related questions or difficulties. Common topics include (but are not limited to): diabetic diet; food interactions with medication; severe weight loss; heart-healthy diet; taste and smell changes; difficulties chewing or swallowing; poor appetite; constipation; acid reflux; cooking for 1 or 2; and basic older adult nutrition.

Registered Dietitian

A Registered Dietitian assists in meal planning at all Older Americans Act funded senior dining sites throughout Dane County and ensures the meals provide 1/3 of the RDA (recommended daily allowance) and DRI (dietary reference intake) needed by aging adults. These meals must follow the dietary guidelines for older adults by providing a protein, vegetable, fruit, bread, milk, and dessert. In addition to approving all menus, the Registered Dietitian also completes annual on-site inspections of all Dane County senior dining sites to ensure the sites meet all regulatory guidelines for safety and sanitation.

Program Contact

To learn more about these community resources or to schedule an appointment, contact Shannon Gabriel, RDN, CDN at (608) 261-5678 or

2023 Senior Farmers’ Market Voucher Program: June 1 - October 31

It’s finally time…

For Senior Farmers’ Market Vouchers!

New this year:

  • The voucher sets increased from $25 to $35.
  • Vouchers are available per person instead of per household. Each person age 60+ can receive their own set of vouchers.

Starting in June, the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of Dane County will distribute farmers’ market vouchers to older adults for use in purchasing $35 in fruit, vegetables, or herbs at farmers’ markets and roadside farm stands in Wisconsin during the 2023 growing season (June 1—October 31).


The vouchers are distributed on a first come/first serve basis to those age 60+, who live in Dane County, and have gross incomes under $26,973 per year (or $2,248/month) for a one person household and $36,482 per year (or $3,041/month) for a two person household. New this year: One set of vouchers is available per person.


Distribution of farmers’ market vouchers will be done by mail.  Individuals that received vouchers last year will automatically receive an application by mail this year.  If you wish to apply to the program, or need to update your mailing address, contact AAA Dietitian Shannon Gabriel at 608-261-5678 or Applications will be mailed during the week of May 8th. Once we receive and approve your application, vouchers will be mailed starting on June 1st.


“This program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”


2023 Dane County Farmers Market Listing

Read the Quarterly Nutrition News

Nutrition News is a quarterly newsletter published by the AAA to provide Dane County older adults with nutrition information, wellness tips, and other health-related resources. Please see the latest edition below.

Winter 2023 Edition
Fall 2022 Edition
Summer 2022 Edition
Spring 2022 Edition
Winter 2021 Edition
Fall 2021 Edition
Summer 2021 Edition
Spring 2021 Edition
Winter 2020 Edition
Fall 2020 Edition
Summer 2020 Edition
Spring 2020 Edition