Programs that organizes suppers, lunches or other get-togethers that give community residents an opportunity to meet one another in a friendly and informal atmosphere while sharing a meal. Community meals are generally sponsored by churches, libraries and other local community organizations and coordinated by volunteers.
Programs that prepare and deliver regular meals to older adults and people with disabilities who are unable to shop and/or prepare the food for themselves or travel to a site where a meal is being served.
Restaurants, cafeterias and other eating establishments operated by hospitals, senior centres or other organizations or functioning independently which provide reduced-cost meals for low-income people, older adults or other targeted individuals.
A program that provides supplementary nutrition in the form of a free or reduced-cost meal at noon time for school children. The school lunch program is broadly available to school children regardless of the family's circumstances and is offered to all students on a confidential full-paying, partial-paying or non-paying basis. Funding may be local or provincial.
Programs offered by churches, restaurants and other organizations that provide meals in a central location for people who lack the resources needed to buy and prepare food. The food may be distributed to people who line up for the meal or may be served to people seated in a dining hall setting, and participants rarely need to establish eligibility for the service.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.