The food served in contracted Second Level Lodging Homes (SLLH) in Hamilton-Wentworth was studied to assess compliance with current by-law standards, make recommendations about nutrition standards and identify educational needs. Dietitians collected food frequency data in 62 SLLH and recorded food served during one day. Only 44% of homes provided the minimum servings recommended by 1982 Canada's Food Guide. Recommended nutrient intakes for ten nutrients were met by 20% of homes. Provision of therapeutic diets was inconsistent. The study indicates the need for better nutritional standards and strategies to ensure SLLH residents access to sufficient, nutritious and personally acceptable food.