4 nonprofits dedicated to helping seniors in Southwest Nashville

Fifty Forward Fresh provides meals to thousands of seniors across Nashville.

Fifty Forward Fresh provides meals to thousands of seniors across Nashville.

Fifty Forward

For 50 years, Fifty Forward Fresh—a meal delivery service formerly known as Meals on Wheels—combats food insecurity among older adults by providing thousands of meals across Nashville each year. In 2018, Fifty Forward Fresh debuted its new name and partnered with The Nashville Food Project to further highlight its commitment to offering fresh food to the city’s aging community, according to the organization.

To receive meals, participants must be 50 or older and be unable to drive to the grocery store or safely prepare meals. The organization delivers meals on weekdays, weekends and various holidays, depending on the participant’s needed level of service.

With more than 100 meals served daily, Fifty Forward Fresh consults with volunteers to find the right fit, whether it be preparing meals or delivering them to seniors. Kitchen volunteers plate meals and organize canned goods, while delivery drivers are assigned routes within the organization’s coverage area. For more information on individual and ground volunteering, contact Robin Johnson at rjohnson@fiftyforward.org.

Fifty Forward
174 Rains Ave., Nashville


Senior Ride Nashville

Senior Ride Nashville launched in November 2017 with a mission to offer affordable access to transportation services to eligible riders 60 years and older who no longer drive or who choose to limit their driving. The transportation service has grown from its Bellevue roots to include all of West Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Madison, Old Hickory and East Nashville. Senior Ride Nashville can enroll two riders for every one new volunteer driver, according to the organization. Senior Ride Nashville plans to expand its services to all of Davidson County as resources and volunteer participation allow.

Senior Ride Nashville
298 Foster St., Nashville


Music for Seniors

Music for Seniors provides live entertainment and interactive music programs with the intent to engage, educate and entertain seniors. With the help of local musicians, Music for Seniors offers one-hour programs at retirement communities, adult day service programs, churches, synagogues and other locations, according to the organization. Music for Seniors launched in Nashville in 2007 and has since expanded to Knoxville, Tennessee.

Music for Seniors
161 Rains Ave., Nashville


Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee

The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee launched in 1985 as a mayoral task force to address issues affecting seniors in Nashville and became an independent nonprofit in 2001. The organization assists seniors with navigating healthcare and housing costs; finding affordable transportation; preventing scams; preventing elder abuse and more.

Throughout the year, the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee offers its Directory of Services for Seniors, a comprehensive guide to resources available in Middle Tennessee for seniors and caregivers. Its volunteers assist through community outreach, marketing and administrative efforts as well as by serving as committee members.

Those looking to volunteer can complete a volunteer application online or call 615-353-4235.

Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee
95 White Bridge Road, Ste. 250, Nashville


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