The mission of the Marion County Senior Nutrition office is to provide our seniors with nutritional meals, activities with their fellow seniors, and information and assistance to meet their needs.

  Marion County, Iowa -
Senior Nutrition

Contacts  -  Meal Sites  -  Program Requirements  -  Volunteer  -  Activities  -  Links

Meals from a Marion County Senior Meal Site are tasty, nutritious meals that are available to all seniors in the communities served.

The Older Americans Act Nutrition Program - July 2012

Meals are provided on a donation basis for people over 60. Donations are essential to the continuation of the program, however, each person is encouraged to give the amount they can comfortably donate. Home-delivered meals are available, with a health care providers order, inside the city limits of all meal sites.

Services offered:
* Congregate Meal sites are located in the Knoxville Senior Center, The Well Resource Center in Pella, and the Pleasantville Senior Center.
* Meals-On-Wheels are delivered throughout the county.
* Shelf Stable, evening and weekend meals available.
* Fall prevention classes
* Chronic disease self-management classes.
* Senior Farmers Market Program
* Nutrition Education
* Information and Assistance
* Outreach

Senior Nutrition Sites and Contact Information

Bussey Site Coordinator: Polliann Carlson

(641) 842-6070 or Toll Free 1 (877) 828-2173

Knoxville - Knoxville Senior Center, 308 East Montgomery

Site Coordinator: Alicia Pettyjohn, (641) 842-6070

Melcher-Dallas (see below) - (641) 842-6070 or Toll Free 1 (877) 828-2173

Pella - Well Resource Center, 419 E. Oskaloosa St.

(641) 842-6070 or Toll Free 1 (877) 828-2173

Pleasantville - Pleasantville Senior Center, 116 East Monroe

Site Coordinator: Matt Brown, (515) 848-3538

Melcher-Dallas Congregate Meal Program Changes

The Melcher-Dallas congregate meal program has gone to a voucher program. The vouchers can be purchased for a suggested donation of $4.00. The voucher are good for a meal from D&S kitchens located in the Northcote's grocery store. The meal that can be purchased with the voucher is modeled from the My Plate nutrition site, Choose My Plate. There are volunteers who are at the Melcher-Dallas Senior Center daily, and D&S Grocery (Scott Northcote) and his staff deliver the meals to the Center.

Program Requirements:

Any person over 60 years of age and their spouse may participate in the nutrition program. All guests who do not meet these requirements must pay full fee for the meal. The cost is posted at each site.

All participants of meal programs at the center, those who receive home-delivered meals, and guests at the center must complete the required NAPIS form. The form is simple, and the site manager will be gald to assist you in completing it.

A statement of need is required from a medical professional (physician or home care provider) to receive home delivery.

CLICK HERE to send an email with any additional questions.

How Can I Volunteer?

There are a variety of ways a person can volunteer at a senior site. There are volunteer jobs for persons of all abilities! All volunteer assistance helps with assuring the program runs smoothly and is a service to all of our seniors.

CLICK HERE to send an email with any additional questions.


The Knoxville Senior Center & their staff and volunteers have a wide array of activities for all folks 55+ throughout Marion County. Call the Center for information about the various activities. Transportation can be arranged if it is needed.

Health and Wellness programs are held throughout the year. Call the Knoxville Site for locations, dates, and times.

Each site plans different activities to accommodate the needs and desires of the people who attend each center. Activity calendars are prepared and posted monthly and are available to take home. Activities are also listed on KNIA/KRLS each morning when menus are read.

There are also clinics throughout the year for flu and pneumonia vaccinations, routine foot care, blood sugar screenings, blood pressure screenings, and cholesterol screenings.

CLICK HERE to visit the KNIA/KRLS web site.

Project Director:

Dawn Allspach-Kline

Address of Office:
308 E. Montgomery St.
Knoxville Iowa 50138

Hours Office is open:
Monday - Friday
8:30 A.M - 4:30 P.M.

Phone Number:
(641) 842-6070

Toll Free Phone Number:
1 (877) 828-2173

FAX Number:
(641) 828-2173

Senior Nutrition Forms:

Downloadable forms used
in the Senior Nutrition office

Senior Nutrition Links:

Iowa Department on Aging

Aging Resources of Central Iowa

Iowa Aging Nutrition Program

Other Related Links:

Iowa Aging and Disability Resource Center

NIH Senior Health Videos

Social Security Administation


U.S. Veterans Affairs


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