Our programs are designed to support Seniors in their everyday health. A host of programs are available seasonally, quarterly, monthly and weekly. Our news letter highlights these programs monthly to keep you informed on what is available. For more information please call 231-723-6477.
Healthy Seniors Program
The Senior Center offers “scholarships” to help fund healthy activities. Activities such as yoga, swimming programs through the MRA and quarterly swim passes at the Paine Aquatic Center, and memberships to the Manistee Health and Recreation are eligible.
Click Here for application forms.
Why donate to the Manistee Senior Center Food Bank?
Many Manistee County seniors are facing hard times. Choices are being made; medicine, utility bills or groceries? In an effort to meet this ever growing need the Manistee County Council on Aging offers a monthly senior food bank, and emergency food assistance. The MCCOA food pantry serves 270 senior families each month.
Food and non-perishable goods donations can be dropped off at our location at 260 St. Mary's Parkway, Manistee, MI. For more information, please call (231) 723-6477.
Grocery assistance is available once per month on the third Friday. Food Bank is held 9:00 – 11:00 am at the Manistee Senior Center. Recipients must be residents of Manistee County at least 60 years of age or older. There are no income limits. We currently serve 270 senior families each month, and we believe no one should have to choose between eating or paying their bills. Food and monetary donations are accepted and appreciated to maintain this program. For more information call 231-723-6477. If you are picking up food bank items for someone other than yourself, you will need to bring a signed proxy sheet , available here.
Income Tax Preparation
• Tax services are usually available February through April, for those 60 and older. Please call the Senior Center for information.
• The Senior Center has partnered with the NMCAA to help Manistee County seniors with free tax services for simple returns. Find out more by calling the Senior Center at 231-723-6477.
Through a partnership between the Senior Center and the community,
Christmas gifts are collected, packaged and delivered, providing
Manistee County homebound seniors with Christmas gifts. For more
please call the Wagoner Center at 231-723-6477.
Homebound Senior Gift Program
Senior Services Reimbursement Program
This program reimburses senior citizens for services that generally are required in order to help maintain independence. Examples: providing transportation, lawn care, snow removal and light housekeeping. The Manistee County Council on Aging Board of Directors has revised its homemaker and home chore services to better serve all Manistee County senior citizens. MCCOA hopes these changes will enable us to make our programs more efficient, allowing us assist a much larger number of senior citizens
throughout a wider service area.
The board unanimously decided that The MCCOA will reimburse Manistee County senior citizens (those 60 and older) up to $40 monthly in total for any homemaker, chore and transportation services that seniors obtain on their own from their own suppliers. Reimbursements will be processed twice monthly as part of the normal MCCOA bill paying cycle, and reimbursement requests will be processed on a first-in, first-out basis.
The program is available to all Manistee County residents 60 years or older with certain income requirements. The program went into effect on June 1, 2014.
Through the Medicare, Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) the Senior Center has trained volunteer counselors available to address questions on health care benefits.
Medicare, Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP)
Senior Meals to your home or at a luncheon site around the county. If you are having trouble getting to the store and making yourself healthy meals, let us help. Hot and nutritious Home Delivered Meals are available to most parts of Manistee County Monday–Friday along with frozen meals for the weekends. If you are able to get out and about and would like to eat with others, please check out one of our luncheon sites. All meals are well-balanced, healthy and designed to be your largest meal of the day.
Every Manistee County resident over the age of 60 is eligible to participate in the Senior Nutrition Program.
Anyone unable to leave their home under normal circumstances, shop for food, or cook for themselves is eligible to receive seven (7) home delivered meals per week—a combination of hot and frozen depending on location.
All others over the age of 60 are eligible to attend a Senior Luncheon Site, which operate around the county. Reservations are required by noon the day before. Call 231-723-6477 to reserve a spot.
Cost and Donations
The Senior Nutrition Program is a free service, funded by a Manistee County millage, a grant from MDHHS and client donations. For those willing and able to donate, the suggested contribution amount per meal is $3. All contributions go toward providing more meals to our community.
About the Food
All Senior Nutrition Program meals are prepared at the Manistee Area Public Schools and are designed to meet seniors’ unique nutritional needs and preferences. Each meal includes a protein rich entrée, two servings of vegetables, one servings of fruit, one side of bread, roll or biscuit and a half pint of 2%, chocolate or skim milk. Strict therapeutic diets may not be feasible to accommodate. However, low-carb and reduced sodium meals are available and some other accommodations may be made. Call the office to find out if we can accommodate your specific needs.
Get Started Now
Call 231-723-6477 x 216 to sign up. The registration process takes about 20 minutes over the phone.
SNP Volunteer Form Click here.
SNP Volunteer FAQ Click Here.
Designed for those who have concerns about falling. Sessions will help seniors view falls as controllable, make lifestyle changes to reduce falls and increase strength and balance with exercise.
Call for information 231-723-6477.
Matter of Balance
PATH is a workshop that empowers people to take an active role in managing a chronic or long-term health condition. The goal of the workshop is to help participants become better self-managers. For more information call 231-723-6477.
Michigan Attorneys Practicing Law for the Elderly (M.A.P.L.E.) provides FREE legal advice the second Monday of every month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. An attorney is available to answer your questions during a free 15 minute consultation. Please call the Senior Center for an appointment 231-723-6477.
Senior Project FRESH
Senior Project FRESH is a collaborative project that provides $20 worth of coupons to be used toward Michigan-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables. This program receives additional funding through the USDA, and State of Michigan. Program recipients must meet income guidelines, live in Manistee County and be at least 60 years of age. This program distributes coupons in June of each year.
Meijer Computer Learning Lab
Laptops and tablets are available, along with training and assistance for these devices in our Computer Learning Center, thanks to a generous donation from Meijer.
For more information call 231-723-6477.
The Senior Center has a food pantry, available to Manistee County seniors 60 and older who are in need of emergency food.
For more information 231-723-6477.
Senior Food Pantry
Senior Dining Program
Senior Dining Out Program is for Manistee County residents and is intended to fill the gap in the areas of the county that no longer host a congregate meal site with the Senior Nutrition Program. Up to 8 meal vouchers may be purchased per month at a price of $3.00 per voucher. These vouchers may then be redeemed at Lenz’ Countryside Restaurant, Rosie’s Place in Bear Lake, Grill 44 in Bear Lake or Traks Bar & Grille in Brethren. This is an opportunity for Manistee County seniors to socialize at the local restaurants while enjoying a nutritious meal. Meal vouchers are sold every Thursday morning at the Kaleva Lions Den and at the Manistee County Council on Aging (Senior Center) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.
For more information call 231-723-6477.