Meals on Wheels
Assisting over 5,000 community-based programs across the U.S., Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals to seniors at their houses, senior centers, or community facilities. To use the service, see if your area of residence offers it by using the website’s search tool.
In addition to food delivery, Meals on Wheels is great for socialization and companionship since you’ll be greeted by a volunteer or staff member every day. You’ll also receive a precautionary safety check during each meal delivery, so medics can be called if needed.
Some Meals on Wheels programs offer additional services that may include:
- Pet food delivery
- Home repair services
- Telephone reassurance
- Transportation services
- Emergency meals for bad weather or a hospital discharge
- Meals that meet dietary needs or ethnic preferences
Eligibility varies by state and usually depends on your age, although programs generally serve people ages 60 and over. Meals are delivered along a sliding fee scale, from no cost to full price. You won’t be denied a meal if you can’t pay, but you may be asked to donate toward the cost of a meal.
There are areas in the U.S. that exceed the available resources needed to provide meals, so Meals on Wheels may have a waiting list or you may be turned away in those areas.