Lunch at the Center

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Lunch at the Center returns to the Wheeling Park District –Congregate Dine in  as a Hybrid mode-starting March 8th, 2022,

The Lunch at the Center program will be following the Illinois Department of Public Health, Cook County Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Department on Aging guidelines for congregate settings to make sure our participants are safe and healthy.  The program will remain in a hybrid format which will allow those seniors who do not wish to dine in-person yet want to continue to receive nutritious meals and friendly conversation to drive-through and pick up their meals.  This hybrid format will continue until further notice.  Meal pick-up will be from 9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. and in-person lunch service will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Reservations will be required.

Click here to download the PDF showing location of the Drive Thru. For your safety masks are required while on the premises.

New participants Click here to fill out the Congregate Dining forms in English.

Click here to fill out the Congregate Dining form in Spanish. 

Scheduling & Costs

Pick up option: 

  •  Monday to Friday
  •  9:45 a.m-10:15 a.m. ( times are subject to change, please check the current menu for accurate times
  •  no meals will be available after 10:15 a.m.       
  •  Wheeling Park District Preschool Drop off Zone 

Congregate Dine in option:

  • Monday to Friday
  •  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  •  Lunch @ the Center Dining Room 
  • * No walk-ins will be accepted

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

Lunch at the Center Nutritional Information



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. Currently, following IDOA regulations, you must make a reservation to dine in-person.  If you do not have a reservation and come to the dining room, you will not be able to join the lunch but you will be able to take a lunch to go, if extras are available. 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 847-650-0650 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.