Meals on Wheels
For many Americans, Meals on Wheels is literally the difference between remaining in their own homes and needing to relocate to a nursing facility. The nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check help them cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence. Research proves that when seniors have the right support, they gain greater quality of life, need fewer hospital stays and live longer.
Meals on Wheels serves individuals who are unable to prepare their own food because of physical limitations. A home visit is required to determine eligibility, and if found eligible, arrangements are made to have meals delivered to the individual’s home. At Berks Encore, we aim to serve everyone in need of home-delivered meals. The Meals on Wheels program provides not just a nutritious meal, but also a check in by a volunteer.
Meals are packed in our six centers to help save time, money, and other valuable resources. Our centers also provide congregate meals to seniors who are not homebound, yet unable to prepare their own meals. Seniors enjoy hot nutritious meals while in a social environment.
Meals on Wheels Eligibility Guidelines
There are conditions of need and requirements for service to be eligible to participate in the Meals on Wheels program. Consumers applying for the Meals on Wheels program must be 60+ and must be homebound by illness, handicap and/or functional disability meeting the following guidelines:
– Physically, emotionally or mentally unable to prepare their own meals; and/or
– Have no family, friends or aids available or willing, on an ongoing or temporary basis, to assist with meal preparation and/or grocery shopping; and/or
– Physically, emotionally, or mentally unable to attend or has no access to a Senior Center, (if client is able to go out and attend center via specialized transportation — not eligible for home delivered meals); and/or
– Have no cooking facilities in their home.
Submitting a Meals on Wheels Referral
The Meals on Wheels program thrives because of the support of Berks County businesses and individuals. Implementing a Meals on Wheels volunteer program at your business is easy, and can help increase employee morale and pride in their community.
The Reading Eagle Company is a proud Berks Encore and Meals on Wheels supporters– watch how employees make a difference each week in our community.
Many local companies have made Meals on Wheels part of their company culture. View more video testimonials here.
A special thank you to Turning Point Media for donating the video production.
Our Meals on Wheels volunteers are vital to the health of the senior community. Click here to read how a Berks Encore Center manager and a Meals on Wheels Volunteer saved a client’s life.
Our list of business supporters is growing!
The Meals on Wheels program thanks the growing list of businesses and other organizations that help deliver meals. Click here for a current list.
What was a small program has now grown into over 600 home deliveries each weekday and over 1,000 volunteers. Contact us to learn more about Meals on Wheels.