The Council on Aging offers daily programs and activities that are designed to meet the social, nutritional, and health needs of Holyoke’s senior citizens. If you've come upon an obstacle that isn't mentioned here, give us a call and we'll do our best to assist.
We offer a daily lunch and soup option for either dine-in service or curbside pickup. Items must be reserved at least a day ahead of time by 4pm. Check out our the Meal Services page to see the most current menus.
Temporary Meal Service Change Beginning October 1
While we complete the process of filling the position of lead cook, we will have to temporarily pause offering daily full lunches. We will continue to offer a daily homemade soup option through Grab & Go. The price will remain the same at $2.50, but we will pair each soup with a roll. This option will also be available in the café. We will resume full meal service as soon as we can. You'll find a menu of the week's offerings at the bottom of the page.
Our passenger car is available for rides Monday through Friday, between 8:15pm and 3:30pm, for residents of Holyoke aged 60 and over who are ambulatory. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot transport wheelchairs. Please keep in mind our current Covid related policies:
- Masks are required for all passengers.
- Medical appointment rides are limited to non-covid related visits. We cannot transport for covid testing at this time.
- All vehicles are cleaned and disinfected after each passenger.
Please give us a call Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm, to schedule with our dispatcher, Rob Deza.
Take a look at the Transportation Guidelines to see if you qualify before calling to schedule an appointment.
Contact us to schedule an appointment with a social worker for help with anything ranging from fuel assistance and SNAP applications to housing and hoarding.
We are a site for the Food Bank of Western Mass’ Brown Bag program in which those who qualify to receive a free bag of food once a month. Our distribution day is the 4th Tuesday of every month from 2:15 – 3:15 pm. Download an application here, or call and ask to speak to our social worker, Magdaly Martinez.
Medical Equipment Lending
We have a rotating supply of items that are available for borrow and that we accept as donation. It is best to call ahead to check availability. Items we accept/lend: canes, wheelchairs, transport chairs, walkers, bed rails, shower chairs, transfer benches, unopened packages of adult briefs and others. We do not accept/lend commodes (unless they are brand new, never used), crutches, hospital beds, urinals, etc.
During the months of February, March and early April, we offer appointments to have your taxes done with AARP volunteers. Be sure to call as soon as possible as appointments go quickly.
Senior Tax Work-Off Program
The city offers a property tax abatement of $750 to 30 homeowners every year who are willing to volunteer for a certain amount of hours. Check out the tab on the left for more information, or click here.
Senior Farm Share Program
Every year we partner with CISA to provide a farm share program for low-income seniors. The program lasts for 10 weeks, usually beginning in July, and if you are chosen it is just a one time $10 fee. Check out the tab on the left for more information, or click here.