Home Delivered Meals
In 2010, after completing a rigorous application and site review process by Meals On Wheels America, we were awarded “Exemplary Status” Magnet Accreditation for our outstanding senior nutrition program.
Meals are delivered between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday – Friday in most areas. Cost AND Payment Meal costs are determined on a sliding fee scale, depending on monthly income and personal expenses. All Meals On Wheels clients are expected to pay a portion of their meal cost. A non-refundable deposit for one week of meal delivery is due at the Meals On Wheels case manager’s initial visit.
We accept cash, check, SNAP or credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover). Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
All meals are home-delivered, and are low-fat, low-sodium and low-cholesterol.
These offerings ensure that the needs of our clients are fulfilled in every area, including:
- NUTRITION – Tasty, balanced meals are prepared in our own kitchen every day. All of our menus meet Pennsylvania dietary guidelines for senior meal programs.
- CONVENIENCE – Meals are delivered by caring volunteers Monday through Friday. Optional weekend frozen meals, are also available. Our Grocery Shopping Services can assist you if you are unable to shop for yourself. Our frozen Chef’s Pack service gives you a choice of different entrees that you can heat up at your own convenience.
- SAFETY – In addition to the meals, our dedicated volunteers provide a welcome opportunity to check in everyday and make sure the client is safe and secure.
- INDEPENDENCE – Temporary and/or long-term service is provided depending on the needs of the individual client.
Meals on Wheels Menus comply with the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) food pattern and Pennsylvania Department of Aging nutrition guidelines for home delivered meals. A Registered Dietitian reviews the menus; and each meal provides a minimum of 1/3 of the Dietary Reference Intakes for nutrients. Each meal is planned using the Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued by the USDA, and currently referred to as “Choose My Plate” which serves as a meal planning tool.
With a maximum daily average over one week, each two-meal unit is restricted in sodium (less than 1,800mg in 2 meals maximum daily average over one week), contains less than 35% of calories from fat, and provides 1,200 to 1,500 calories. The menu is planned to provide balanced nutrition in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
Two meals will include the following:
Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs &/or Nuts ……………….. 2 servings
Vegetables Group …………………………………………………. 2-4 servings
Fruit Group …………………………………………………………. 2-4 servings
Bread, Cereal, Rice, & Pasta Group ……………………………. 2-4 servings
Provides 1,200 to 1,500 calories. Designed for the client who has no dietary modification requirements.
SOFT DIET – For people with dentition problems.
Equivalent to the Regular Diet and is indicated for the client requiring modification of food texture. The Soft Diet includes chopped meats. In addition, other hard-to-chew items may be chopped, not pureed.
Equivalent to the Regular Diet, and utilizes carbohydrate exchanges, providing a maximum of 75g of carbohydrates per meal.
Provides approximately 1,200 to 1,500 calories. Indicated for impaired kidney function (renal disease). This diet does not limit protein. Sodium is restricted to a maximum daily average of 1,800mg over one week for two meals. Phosphorus and potassium are limited by eliminating food items like dairy, tomato products, potatoes, oranges, bananas, raisins and cantaloupes.
PUREED DIET – For individuals with chewing and/or swallowing problems.
Equivalent to the Regular Diet; however the food is put through a blender or food processor and modified to a smooth, pudding-like consistency. Juice or milk are provided as part of the meals plan if requested.
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