Food Services

Gardner Senior Center Café  

The Gardner Senior Center serves lunch Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:00pm. Suggested voluntary donation for lunch is $3.00 dollars. Menu is subject to change without notice. If you plan to dine in the Gardner Senior Center Café, you need to call Anne the day before by 12 Noon. Anne’s direct number is 978-632-1330. MOC makes these lunches possible. We can't wait to see you again!

Bean Bag Monthly Tote

The Gardner Senior Center, in partnership with the Gardner CAC, is offering the Bean Bag Program (PDF) (similar to the Elder Brown Bag). Eligible seniors who pre-register will receive a re-usable tote bag of free groceries once per month, usually on the 1st Wednesday. Submit an application (PDF) today.

Senior Food Pantry

Available on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 12pm until 3pm. Participants must be at least 60 years of age or older, and reside int he Gardner CAC's service area. Applications are available at the Gardner CAC. 

Meals on Wheels

MOC's Meals on Wheels is a meal program offering a well-balanced meal to adults through home delivered services or congregate dining sites. Its is a federally funded Nutrition Program that encompasses both the familiar Meals on Wheels Program and Congregate Dining Sites, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver nutritionally balanced meals to home bound elders and adults with disabilities while Congregate Dining Sites provide the opportunity for those elders who are able to leave their homes without assistance to come out to eat and socialize.

Each meal meets one-third of the USDA's Daily Recommended Dietary Allowances for adults. Suggested voluntary donation for lunch is $3.00 dollars to cover costs. In order to be eligible for Meals on Wheels, applicants must be 60 years of age or older adults with disability who are determined to be "Homebound" are eligible for home delivered meals.

You can sign yourself or a family member up for Meals on Wheels by calling the Montachusett Opportunity Council at: 978-345-8501, ext 2, OR you can visit the Montachusett Opportunity Council website at  MOC is located in Fitchburg at 601 River Street.


You can now apply for SNAP benefits through the House of Peace and Education (HOPE) at the The Gardner Senior Center. HOPE staff will be onsite on the first and third Thursday of each month.  Applications will be taken by appointment only.

What Is SNAP?

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps
  • 100% Federally funded program regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)

Who Qualifies For SNAP?

  • Low-income household including:
  • Families with children
  • Pregnant women
  • Senior Citizens
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Unemployed and low-wage individuals