Meals On Wheels
Delivering A Difference
It’s hard to imagine that so many seniors in Fayette County are not only going hungry simply because they have difficulty preparing a meal, but are also lonely and in need of a friendly smile. Meals On Wheels (MOW) does just that. It provides meals for homebound seniors in Fayette County, while also acting as a wellness check-in and friendly visit for so many seniors in our community. Meals are delivered by a dedicated group of volunteers. These visits enable homebound seniors to continue to live independently in the comfort of their own home. Fayette Senior Services is the sole provider of Meals On Wheels for Fayette County.
MOW is about more than just a warm meal, it also provides companionship and a wellness check each day for those receiving them.
“We are not just delivering people their meals, we are delivering them joy and love! When we go to their homes, their faces light up because they know that they are not forgotten. It is important for people to always feel like they matter, especially for our homebound seniors, who often don’t see many people throughout their week. We do this for them and feel grateful that we are able to spread love and joy.”
– MOW Volunteer
Nutrition & Meals
Fayette Senior Services Contracts With Open Hand Atlanta To Provide Meals For Our Meals On Wheels Program
Open Hand has been providing pre-packaged meals for our program since 2000. The menu’s 5-week rotation provides a variety of meals options for recipients to enjoy. Each frozen meal includes a meat entrée and two vegetable sides. These appetizing meals provide one-third of total daily nutritional needs. Special meals are available for kidney failure/dialysis patients (Renal Meal), those who have trouble chewing (Mechanical Soft Meal), and vegetarians. All meals are suitable for diabetics and those who need low sodium diets. We also have Ensure delivery available by request.
Cost for Service
There Is No Cost To Receive Meals On Wheels
However, donations are greatly appreciated and help support the program’s success. Suggested donation amounts based on income will be provided once service begins for a new client.
Based On Need, Not On Income
To be eligible to receive Meals On Wheels, and individual should:
- Be a Fayette County resident and at least 60 years of age
- Be unable to prepare nutritious meals due to physical, mental or financial challenges
- Be homebound or semi-homebound (temporarily or permanently)
- Be able to accept meals at delivery time (you must be present to receive a meal)
Daily deliveries are between 11 AM and 1 PM, Monday – Friday.
Eligibility is based on a person’s need and does not depend on the individual’s income.
Applying for Service
To receive Meals On Wheels or inquire about more information, please call our office at 770-461-0813. Our Care Manager will discuss how the program works and complete a state required intake process.
Do you or someone you know need Meals On Wheels?
Please call our office at 770-461-0813 to complete the required intake.
Volunteering With Meals On Wheels
Delivery Volunteers Are The Heart And Soul Of Our Meals On Wheels Program, Providing Our Clients With Food And Companionship
Each year our MOW team delivers over 40,000 nutritious meals to homebound seniors throughout Fayette County. Meals On Wheels is also a great way to interact daily with community members who may live alone or have a need to see a friendly face while receiving a healthy nutrient enriched meal. Depending on your schedule and your personal preferences of service, you may volunteer once a week, once a month, or whenever your schedule permits. Volunteers use their own car and gas to deliver meals. We couldn’t provide this service at the capacity we do without our team of dedicated volunteers!
Volunteer Positions Include
Our permanent drivers are volunteers who adopt a daily route and deliver on a scheduled day for that route. Daily route clients receive a meal every day, Monday through Friday. Daily route volunteers deliver meals Mondays through Fridays from approximately 11 AM to 1 PM. Depending on your schedule and personal preference of service, you may volunteer one or more times a week.
Being a Meals On Wheels substitute driver is ideal for people who are unable to commit to a regular schedule with specific days, but still want to volunteer with the program. Substitute drivers are called to fill in on routes that become open due to permanent driver scheduling conflicts and cancellations. Depending on your schedule and your personal preferences of service, you may volunteer once a week, once a week or once a month.
Route teams are a great way for businesses, church groups, community organizations, or just a group of friends to get involved. Teams can take on a certain route on a particular day of the week and then share that route among team members. Depending on the number of team members, each team member may only deliver once a month or once every other month.
As with all our volunteers, our Meals On Wheels drivers are asked to submit an application, complete a background/ driver’s record check, provide two personal references, and complete a training/orientation program.
A Paw-sitive Impact
Since 2009, Fayette Senior Services has been collecting and delivering donations of pet food for Meals On Wheels recipient’s animals on a monthly basis. Many of our Meals On Wheels recipients find it challenging to provide food for their pets when they are not able to leave their homes. To many homebound seniors, having a pet is a source of companionship and comfort. The AniMeals program is designed to give our MOW clients a little help with the cost and obtaining of pet food so that it isn’t an added burden to maintain the important bond between pet owner and pet. Some of these homebound seniors give up their own meals so that their pets can eat as well. For any of us with a pet in our lives, we know they are more than just an animal, they are our family and play an important role as our companions. Fayette Senior Services’ AniMeals program has allowed many in our community to continue to care for their animals by providing them with much-needed pet food they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford or obtain. This program makes a difference not only in the quality of life for the animals, but also for the homebound seniors who love and care for them.
If you are interested in being part of the volunteer AniMeals delivery team, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-461-0813.
“Our pets are our family! They keep me company and bring so much joy and love into my life that I can’t ever show them my appreciation enough. Being able to take advantage of AniMeals to help me care for my dog makes all the difference in me being able to keep my best buddy around!”
– AniMeals Recipient