Meals on Wheels
Spectrum Generations Meals on Wheels program provides a delicious, nutritionally balanced hot meal for homebound individuals. This is available to any homebound individual 60 years of age or older and to persons with a disability who are unable to prepare a meal due to physical or mental limitations, and who have no one to prepare a meal for them. Meals on Wheels are delivered to your front door by our dedicated volunteers and staff. This also provides an opportunity to check in on a homebound person as a safety measure.
As Central Maine’s Meals on Wheels provider, Spectrum Generations is committed to providing freshly prepared meals, delivered by dedicated volunteers and staff to 128 communities throughout Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset, and Waldo Counties, plus the towns of Harpswell and Brunswick in Cumberland County. This year alone, we will prepare, package, deliver, and serve nearly 300,000 meals to homebound older and disabled adults and to seniors who dine at one of our 7 community centers.
- 97% of consumers report their time of delivery of meals is "just right"
- 92% report the food always arrives at the right temperature
- 97% report the frequency of food/deliveries is good/great
- 89% report portion size is "just right" or "too big"
- 65% report that other than their volunteer driver, they do not have regular or daily contact with other friends or family members.
- 81% report that these meals are the only complete meals they usually eat, otherwise they have snacks or something simple such as cereal or a sandwich.
- 96% report that our MOW program "keeps me healthy" or "improves my health"
Spectrum Generations prepares every meal for Meals on Wheels with as many Maine made and grown products as possible (We Sustain Maine). We are a leader in the state of Maine and nationwide, raising the bar for quality and nutritive content of every meal we serve.
Donations for meals are suggested and welcomed. Donations help us provide more nutritious meals to others who could benefit from the program. We also accept food stamps/EBT Program funds.
"Thank you for letting me receive meals on wheels. I'm so greatful for all you have done. It is a blessing. This wonderful program has helped me become healthier and I am improving. My meals are delivered by a kind gentleman. He brings them on time, considering the bad weather we have had. Thank you for all you have done. Many blessings."
-- Meals on Wheels Recipient, Somerset County
Spectrum Generations' AniMeals Program Helps Seniors Feed their Pets:
The Animeals program, funded by grants from The Meals on Wheels America and other very generous donations from our community, delivers pet food to seniors that receive Meals On Wheels from Spectrum Generations. Dog and cat food is available to anyone in need, and we currently serve over 120 pets in the Central Maine area. Animeals allows individuals to keep their beloved companions at home while avoiding sacrificing their own food and nutrition to feed them.
In October 2015, Banfield Charitable Trust handed over all funding and grants administration responsibilities for their Pet Assistance Grant Program to Meals on Wheels America. Since 2007, the grant program has distributed more than $1.8 million in funding and pet food donations to nearly 300 local Meals on Wheels programs across the nation that are working to keep pets and their homebound seniors together.