Meals On Wheels

A nutritious meal is only the start of the value Meals on Wheels can deliver to keep you healthy. With a daily visit from one of our volunteers, a ready-to-eat meal, and a friendly well-being check, we help people live the lives they choose.

WHO CAN GET MEALS?

IF:    You are 60 years of age or older.

And:   You are predominantly homebound (under normal circumstances you are unable to leave the home unassisted, or leaving home takes considerable and taxing effort).

Then, Meals on Wheels may be a helpful service to help you:

  • Access nutritional ready to eat meals
  • Enjoy a daily visit by a friendly volunteer deliverer
  • Have peace of mind that someone will be checking in on you regularly

WHAT ARE THE MEALS LIKE?

Our food is catered, and our staff/volunteers package it up. This is the same food our Senior Café members are eating!

The hot lunches include a meaty entry, a starch (rice, bread, noodles), fruit, vegetables, and often a salad. The picture to the right, gives you an idea of portion sizing. In addition, you may receive 8 oz. of 2% milk.

All meals meet the requirements found in Dietary Guidelines for Americans published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

A second meal is available for you to enjoy latter that day.

meals-on-wheels-sample-meal

WHAT DOES IT COST?

Meals are a suggested $3 donation, however any amount you give helps keep this program going.

At the end of the month, we will mail you an invoice detailing the number of meals received and the suggested donation amount. Please give what you are able to support the program. No one is turned away for inability to donate.

HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?

Call MSHL at 734-508-6229

You can completely register over the phone, and begin to receive service up to 48 hours after.

You can receive meals up to five days a week (Monday—Friday). You get a hot lunch and an option of a second cold meal to eat later in the day.

We will provide a monthly meal calendar so you can know what to expect.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD YOU KNOW?

Your meal is delivered around lunchtime.

Our deliverers need to “See a face and hear a voice” in order to leave your meal. If you are not home or answering your phone, we will call a caregiver to make sure you are okay.

If you know you will not be home for any reason, please call us to cancel your meal for that day or to arrange to pick it up.

Shortly after signing up (a process that happens over the phone), a social worker will be calling to set up an appointment to meet with you at your home. The purpose of this is to confirm you qualify for this program, and also to see if there is anything else we can do to support you living at home.

Meals on Wheels is partially funded by:

Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED)

Monroe County Commission on Aging

City of Milan Senior Millage

And other generous donations

Register for Meals on Wheels with this form

Or call 734 508 6229

Holiday and Extreme Weather Closings

MSHL as an organization is closed for federal holidays listed below.  Frozen meals will be offered the business day before the holiday so you still have something nutritious to eat.  New Year’s Day*, MLK Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day* and the Friday after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day*, and New Year’s Eve. 

For driver safety, in the case of extreme weather, MSHL reserves the right to cancel Meals on Wheels services. In this event, anyone who is supposed to receive will be notified as soon as possible and encourage to eat one of the provided emergency meals.

*On starred days we have a special volunteer who delivers a hot meal.

Volunteers Needed!

We always need volunteers for this service! If you are interested in volunteering in the kitchen or delivering the meals, please call and ask to speak with Beverly, the Senior Nutrition Program Coordinator, or message us through the contact page.