Meals on Wheels
But Meals on Wheels delivers more than just a meal. The daily visit from a volunteer also provides a warm smile and a safety check that helps keep seniors healthy, safe and living independently in their own homes each year.
Who Receives Meals on Wheels?
Meals on Wheels recipients are the elderly and disabled adults in our community who cannot maintain an adequate, healthy diet, either because of transportation or financial constraints. Nearly three-fourths of our clients are at or below 200% of the national poverty level. Without meal delivery, many of our clients would be forced to choose between paying for food, or for medication and household expenses.
How can an individual receive Meals on Wheels?
Persons may apply for themselves or be referred by a doctor, another agency, family member or concerned individual. Home visits are made to assess a potential client’s needs.
What is the cost of Meals on Wheels?
No one is denied a meal based on income. Based on income, some individuals may receive meals at no cost, while others are asked to pay on a sliding scale.
What’s on the menu?
Our menus are carefully planned by our caterer, Iacafano’s, in consultation with a nutritionist, to meet one-third of the daily nutritional needs of senior citizens. Our meals get rave reviews for being both attractive and tasty. All meals are served with fat-free milk and whole grain bread unless otherwise noted.
For those who live in more remote areas of Richland County, a weekly supply of frozen meals is delivered by a staff member. They receive the same meals that are provided to our daily clients.
How can I help?
Through the support of our funding partners, board of directors, staff and volunteers, we were able to serve 143,191 hot and frozen meals to 837 Meals on Wheels clients in FY2020. The meals were delivered by volunteers driving nearly 59,100 miles. Despite making a tremendous impact on the lives of these seniors, we still have a waiting list of eligible people we can’t serve due to a lack of funding.
Want to help us serve more of our elderly neighbors?
Want to deliver meals and a smile?
For more information, please contact Anne Shissias, Director of In-Home & Community Based Services, at 803-252-7734 x234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.