Meals on Wheels
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 each of 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. Everyone age 60+ is invited to enjoy a hot nutritious meal while in a social environment at one of our community centers.
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.
Submit a Meals on Wheels Referral
To refer someone to the Meals on Wheels Program, complete this referral form.
January Congregate Menu (Reading Center)
There’s still time to help!
In a year-end tradition, the Subaru of America Share the Love Event is going on now through January 3, 2022. For every new Subaru vehicle leased or sold, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of one of the participating national charities. Meals on Wheels America is one of the select charities. In addition, Berks Encore has been chosen by Steve Moyer Subaru as a Hometown Charity which helps them earn a share of the dollars donated.
We’re incredibly grateful to Subaru and its retailers for supporting Berks Encore and the older adults we serve. Their contribution to Berks Encore each year helps deliver a nutritious meal, friendly visitor and a safety check to our homebound neighbors. Our volunteers love Subaru too! Take a look at these volunteers in their Subaru’s ready to deliver in 2022!