Who is eligible for Meals-On-Wheels?
A person who is:
Who makes referrals?
Physicians, family members, friends, neighbors or individuals themselves can make referrals. After the initial call to refer a senior to the program, a Meals-On-Wheels representative will visit the prospective clients in their home. This is done to determine if the client is eligible for the service and to obtain information about the persons dietary needs.
How much does it cost?
Clients are given the opportunity to donate towards the cost of the meals. An individual is never denied a meal if they do not have the resources to contribute.
What kinds of meals are available?
A wide variety of balanced meals are delivered at noontime Monday through Friday. Sack lunches containing a sandwich, fruit, and milk can be provided for an evening meal. Hot or frozen meals are available for seniors who need food on weekends and holidays. All Meals-On-Wheels are salt restricted and contain the vitamins and nutrients a senior needs. A doctor's diet prescription is necessary for the following diets:
Who delivers the meals?
Meals-On-Wheels depends on one of the largest volunteer groups in the tri-county area. Over 1,800 individuals give one to two hours a month delivering meals. These dedicated volunteers are from all walks of life; many work for businesses or are members of organizations or places of worship that sponsor meal routes. Often, parents and children deliver meals together. The parents feel this is a good way to teach their children the importance of helping others and giving back to the community. Call your local coordinator to find out how you can help. Training is provided and there is always staff for backup and support.
Who pays for the meals?
Federal and state funds are provided through the Office of Services to the Aging, Michigan Department of Community Health. These funds cover a large part of the cost of the Meals-On-Wheels program. Grants from Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties and the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, Friends for Independence, the fundraising arm of TCOA and client donations all contribute to the financial needs of this important service.
Where do I call?
Rural Ingham Meals-On-Wheels
Eaton County Meals-On-Wheels
Are there places where seniors can get together and enjoy a meal with friends?
Adults who are 60 years of age and older are invited to attend one of the Senior Dining Sites located throughout Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties. Meal guests enjoy good company and wholesome food, as well as a variety of educational and entertainment programs. There is no charge for these meals but donations are welcome. To find out more about Senior Dining Sites call: (517) 887-1440.
Are Meals-On-Wheels offered in other parts of the country?
Yes, use the Elder Care Locator, 800-677-1116 for toll free assistance to identify agencies that serve the aging population anywhere in the United States.
Good nutrition and social interaction are vital for healthy living. Senior citizens in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties have access to both through the Meals-On-Wheels program. The nutrition program provides hot, balanced meals to homebound senior citizens who can't prepare their own food. For many, the home delivered meal is the only hot food they have each day. Meals-On-Wheels are available on a temporary or ongoing basis. Seniors also benefit from the personal contact with the volunteers who deliver them. Because many clients live alone or with ailing spouses, having someone check on them each day gives them a sense of well being and helps them feel safe. Another major benefit of the Meals-On-Wheels is independence. There are many senior citizens in our communities who have basic needs, that, if met, allow them to stay in their homes and lead independent lives.