Meals on Wheels and More FAQ
Who can receive Meals on Wheels
Home delivered “Meals on Wheels” are offered to homebound seniors age 60 and over living in Whatcom and San Juan Counties who are a having difficulty shopping for and/or preparing healthy meals for themselves. Homebound is defined as having difficulty leaving the home without assistance. Meals are also available to the spouse/domestic partner, disabled dependent, and unpaid caregiver of an eligible senior receiving the meals.
Who can participate in the Senior Community Meals Program?
Senior Community Meals are offered on a donation only-basis to adults age 60 and older, as well as to their spouse/domestic partner, domestic dependent, and unpaid caregiver. Senior Community Meal or Meals on Wheels volunteers of any age may also enjoy the meals on a donation only basis.
Do I have to be a member of my local senior center to participate in the Senior Community Meals at that center?
No, you do not have to be a member of the senior center to participate in the meal program offered at that center.
Is there a fee for the meals?
Meals are offered to eligible persons on an anonymous donation-only basis. We suggest a donation of $5.00 per meal or whatever is affordable. No eligible person will be turned away due to in ability to contribute.
Others under age 60 who do not meet the eligibility criteria (Program volunteer, spouse/domestic partner of eligible senior, disabled dependent or unpaid caregiver of eligible senior) will be asked to pay the full cost of the meal. This is currently $7.00. Note, this is considered a fee, not a donation.
Is Meals on Wheels and More a government program?
No, Meals on Wheels and More is a program of the Whatcom Council on Aging, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
How is Meals on Wheels and More funded?
Meals on Wheels and More receives funding from a variety of sources. Approximately 1/3 of our funding comes from the Older Americans Act through a contract with Northwest Regional Council. We also receive funding from Washington State and local governments, the United Ways of Whatcom and San Juan Counties, other grants, multiple community partners, and client meal donations. We also depend on contributions from the community and fundraisers to fund the growing program.
How many meals do you serve/ deliver each year?
In 2018 we served more than 100,000 freshly prepared Senior Community Meals at 12 meal sites in Whatcom and San Juan Counties. We also delivered 98,000 nutritionally balanced meals to homebound seniors throughout the two counties, a 60% increase over the past 4 years!
How many employees work for Program?
Meals on Wheels and More employees 8 full time and 11 part-time staff throughout Whatcom and San Juan Counties. We also depend on the contributions of more than 100 dedicated volunteers each week.
We need your help
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