Meals on Wheels
The Meals on Wheels program provides a hot meal every weekday for homebound older adults in Henderson County. All meals are low fat/low salt and meet the one-third recommended dietary allowance set by the FDA. Vegetarian, low sugar, soft, and pureed meals are available. Meals are delivered by volunteer drivers between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. In addition to receiving a nutritious meal, Meals on Wheels clients receive important social interaction with caring volunteers. These visits, which also serve as a regular wellness checks, often turn into lasting friendships.
In order to qualify for grant funding, you must be at least 60 years of age, homebound, and unable to prepare a hot meal on a regular basis. There are no income limitations to eligibility.
While there is no cost for the service, we ask participants to contribute what they can to the cost of the service. Since our grant funding only covers about half of the cost of the service, these contributions help to continue to provide and expand the service for the community. If you would like to donate to the Council on Aging to help support our programs, please use the button below.
Meals on Wheels Isn’t Just Long-term
Rehab, post-op, medical treatments, transition of caregiver, and other short-term scenarios are also great opportunities to take advantage of the service. We love to be able to help someone through a temporary need and to get back on their feet again.
Don’t Need a Meal Every Day?
Have a regularly scheduled appointment each week? No problem. You can set up your meals to skip certain days of the week as long as you receive meals at least three days a week.
Where Do We Deliver?
It doesn’t matter whether you are in Hendersonville, Etowah, Mills River, Fletcher, Edneyville, or anywhere else. We serve all of Henderson County.
Unfortunately, many of our routes are currently full. When this is the case, we put you on a waiting list. The waiting list is prioritized based on need. When a spot opens up, we reach out to the person with the greatest need that has been waiting the longest.
How Do I Apply?
Contact us at 828-692-6693 or fill out the Client Referral Form online below. Once we receive your application, our client services coordinator will reach out to you. If there is space on the route, we will set up an in-home assessment. Meal service can begin one or two business days after the visit. If there is not space on the route, we will contact you to get more information that enables us to prioritize you on the waiting list.
Last year, we delivered over 65,000 meals to over 500 clients. We would be honored to serve you or your loved one.