Do I qualify?
Homebound adults 60+ years of age, and disabled adults under age 60, who are unable to shop, prepare or cook meals for themselves likely qualify for Meals on Wheels.
How do I apply?
You, a family member, or a professional caregiver should contact a local Nutrition Coordinator. Please be prepared to provide information such as your name, address, phone number, and health status. All information is kept confidential.
What is included in a Meals on Wheels meal?
A standard Meals on Wheels meal includes a protein, starch, vegetable, fruit, dairy, and bread. Meals are low in fat and prepared with no added salt; they are carefully monitored for food safety and nutrition standards. All meals are planned and approved by a registered dietician. Food provided constitutes one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for adults.
What if I have special dietary needs?
We can provide special meals where feasible and appropriate to meet particular dietary needs arising from health or religious requirements or ethnic background.
What if I can’t be home during the delivery time?
We cannot leave a meal if the intended recipient is not at home as we cannot ensure food safety. We will not risk food-borne illness by leaving meals out. Part of our program is not only to deliver food but to see each of our clients to confirm their safety.
If the recipient has a medical appointment during the delivery time, call the local Nutrition Coordinator the day before to make alternate arrangements. On occasion, you may ask a neighbor to accept the meal for you but this needs to be planned in advance.
When are meals delivered?
Meals are typically delivered mid-morning through early afternoon. Delivery days vary depending on location. The local Nutrition Coordinator can tell you the schedule in your area.
Can I suspend service for a couple of days without being cancelled from the program?
Yes. We understand in certain circumstances that you may need to cancel your meals for a short time (i.e., family visiting, hospital stay). If so, please notify us at least 2 days in advance, when possible. We also recommend a 2-day notification to resume your meals. Your local Nutrition Coordinator can help with these arrangements.
How much do meals cost?
We appreciate donations of any amount, however no one is ever denied a meal if unable to pay. Donations in any amount help us sustain our ability to continue providing these meals. Volunteer delivery drivers will leave a donation envelope from time-to-time which you may use and ensure your privacy.
You may also make a donation with your SNAP benefits. For more information about how to apply for SNAP please contact Spectrum Generations at 1-800-639-1553.
What if I don't qualify?
In the event that you not qualify for Meals on Wheels, we offer Maine-ly Delivered Meals.