Home Delivered Meals Program
Meal Delivery Service to Homebound Rockland County Resident
Meals on Wheels provides peace of mind to caregivers and older adults by delivering nutritious meals to any Rockland resident who cannot shop or cook for themselves due to illness, physical disability or advanced age. In addition to the daily meal, caring volunteers deliver a friendly, personal connection, a safety check, and an important link to the greater community. Home delivered meals, along with all of our services, are part of a greater continuum of care that enable older adults to remain as independent as possible and living in their own homes.
- Meals are prepared and packaged in a central commissary
- Meals meet 1/3 of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) requirements
- Menus are professionally designed by a Registered Dietician who is licensed by the American Dietetic Association.
- Talented chefs along with a dedicated dietary staff prepare high quality, delicious and attractive meals which are moderate in sodium, sugar and cholesterol.
- A hot lunch and cold dinner are delivered to the client's home between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm each weekday, 52 weeks per year including holidays
- The Blizzard Box Program helps ensure the agency's home delivered meal recipients have a sufficient supply of non-perishable food items in case of weather related or other emergencies.
- Weekend meal service and a lunch only program are also available.
- There are different fees for lunch only and Kosher meal programs.
- Therapeutic and mechanically altered diets are accommodated.
- No one will be denied access to meal service because of his/her inability to contribute towards the cost of meals. However, there may be a waiting list for public or privately subsidized meal service.
To determine eligibility or for more information about Home Delivered Meals services please call (845) 624-6325.
Research Backed Evidence Confirms "More than a Meal" Benefit
Meals on Wheels of American released the results of The More Than a Meal Research Study, on March 2, 2015. The study, conducted by Brown University and funded by AARP Foundation, not surprisingly, reveals significant impact of meal service delivery on the health and well-being of adults 60 years of age and older.
Key findings include:
- Those receiving and/or requesting Meals on Wheels services are significantly more vulnerable compared to a nationally representative sample of aging Americans.
- Those who received daily-delivered meals experienced the greatest improvements in health and quality of life indicators over the study period compared to the control groups.
- Those who lived alone and received daily-delivered meals were more likely to report in worry about being able to remain in home and improvements in feelings of isolation and loneliness over the study period, compared to the control groups.
To read an executive summary of the study or the full report, please visit:More Than A Meal