Polk County Community, Family & Youth Services

Senior Services

  • What is available for older adults in Polk County?

    There are a variety of facilities that host meals, recreational, educational and volunteer opportunities for people 60 and older across the county. Cultural opportunities and travel are also available to people age 55 and older also.

  • How many sites are there and where do I attend?

    There are seven full time multi-purpose community and senior centers open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 9 sites open 4 hours a days Monday – Friday. You may attend any site you wish as long as you can transport yourself. If you rely on transportation, you will be taken to the site nearest you.

  • Do you provide transportation to the centers?

    Transportation may be available to the center closest to your home. By calling the center nearest you the site staff can assist you with the application process.

  • What kinds of meals are provided at the centers?

    A hot lunch is served at these centers meeting 1/3 of the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) for adults.

  • How much do the meals cost?

    If you are 60 years of age or older or married to someone that is the age of 60 there is not a fee for the meal; however donations are welcome.

  • I am 55. Can I come to the center?

    You are welcome to attend the centers however you will have to pay for the meal or help share costs in the activities you participate in.

  • If I am disabled can I eat free?

    The basic criteria to have a meal at no charge at the centers is the age of 60.

  • How do I become a member?

    Just by attending a center makes you a member. There is a short form to complete asking for some very basic information.

    Click here for the form.

  • I am 60 but my spouse is not, can they attend?

    People age 60 and their spouses are eligible, no matter what their age.

  • Can I take a meal to go?

    No. All food provided as part of the meal program is served as dine in only.

  • If the meals are free, how is the cost covered?

    Meals are provided with support from the Federal Government (Older American's Act Funds), Polk County and donations given by program participants.

  • Who plans the meals?

    The menu is planned by a county staff member and approved by a registered licensed dietician to make sure all meals meet 1/3 Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) established by the Food and Nutrition Research Council of the National Academy of Science.

  • Are there diet meals available?

    All meals are prepared using limited salt and being conscientious of fat intake. There are calorie controlled ADA, Fat Restricted and soft bland diet meals available upon request by your physician.

  • Is there a fee to use the exercise equipment?

    No, there is not a fee to use the exercise equipment. Just a note from our physician stating you are able to use the equipment as directed.

  • What type of activities do the centers have?

    Each site is responsible for their own programming, so every site is different. A variety of exercise, recreation and wellness activities are available.

  • Are there costs to attend classes?

    There may be. Certain classes may have a fee, but a good share of them are available at no cost to participants.

  • Can I volunteer at the centers?

    Volunteers are welcome at all the centers. Volunteering helps keep the programs running and is essential to every center's success. There are many different volunteer opportunities available from teaching classes, to serving meals to serving on boards and committees. Let us know your skills or interest area and we’ll find a volunteer job for you.

  • Can I rent the centers?

    You may rent any of the seven full time centers. You can find specifics about each center by calling them directly. Look under forms on this website for more information.

  • How many people can a center hold for a rental event?

    Each center varies in size. Site capacity ranges from 80 people to 250 people.

Contact Us

Community & Family Division
Polk County River Place
2309 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
515-286-3434

Youth Services Division
Juvenile Detention 515-286-3344
Centralized Intake 515-286-3350
1548 Hull Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316