Lunch at the Center

Lunch at the Center returns to the Wheeling Park District -Drive Thru-starting May 5, 2021, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am. Meals will not be available for pickup after 10:30am.  Click here to download the PDF showing location of the Drive Thru. For your safety masks are required while on the premises.

The Illinois Department on Aging has suspended the congregate portion of this program in an effort to prevent the spread of the Corona virus - COVID-19. 

Meals will still be available for pick-up or for delivery through the Meals on Wheels program for those unable to pick up meals.

Contact the Human Services Department
at : 847-459-2606 for more information.

Scheduling & Costs

A Nutritionally balanced lunch is available for pickup every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am. 
The actual cost to provide each meal is $8.00. Each participant is asked to contribute part of the cost of their meal.

The suggested donation/contribution is $5 per meal.  For our frequent diners, we offer a 5-meal punch card for
$20.00.  This card has no expiration date and is transferable.


All contributions are voluntary and confidential. No one will be denied service for inability to pay.

Friends at Lunch


We ask that you reserve your spot for lunch by Wednesday at noon, the week before you plan to eat. The best way to ensure you have a lunch is to register at the check-in station. Menus are available with information regarding the programs offered during and after the meals as well.


If you need to cancel your reservation, please call Senior Services at 847-459-2670 and let us know as early as possible. We will be able to fill your spot many times. If you find yourself wanting to join us for lunch but you are not registered, please give us a call as we may have openings as well.


Funds in whole or part for this program are provided through an award/contract from Age Options under the Older Americans Act Title III, Federal Administration on Aging, and through the Illinois Department on Aging.

Other Information

A congregate meal may be purchased for a homebound spouse or for the weekend as long as it does not deprive another older person of a meal.  These meals should be ordered ahead of time, preferably when making reservations for your meal.  These meals cost $8.00 each.

The Village of Wheeling does not discriminate in admission to programs or activities or treatment of employment in compliance with appropriate State and Federal statutes.  Demographic information may be collected initially at registration in order to better serve participants and to provide a vehicle to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.  We ask for your cooperation.