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Meals on Wheels

Good Nutrition. Good Health.

Spectrum Generations’ dedicated volunteers and staff supply Meals on Wheels to communities throughout Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo Counties, Harpswell and Brunswick in Cumberland County. If you, or someone you love, is interested in applying for or learning more about Meals on Wheels, contact the Nutrition Coordinator in your area

To ensure our clients are receiving our Meals On Wheels services to the highest potential we conduct annual client surveys. The following information was collected from our most recent client survey:

Lifeline for the Elderly

Meals on Wheels

Every meal for Meals on Wheels is prepared with as many Maine made and grown products as possible through our We Sustain Maine initiative. We strive to be 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 help us provide more meals to others who will benefit from the program. We also accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Volunteer Orientation & Training
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  • Volunteer Policies and Handbook
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  • Adult Day and Community Support Services Volunteer
    Adult Day and Community Support Services (ADCSS) is a program that runs in four of our centers. We provide a safe environment for differently-abled adults during the day while their caregivers are working. Activities Specialist – Volunteers assist with or lead crafts, puzzles, music time, or other fun activities consumers may enjoy. Great opportunity for creatives! Outings Assistant – Volunteers assist staff taking consumers on short trips in the community for varying outings such as museum explorations or hikes on a local trail. Great opportunity for the compassionate adventurer! ADCSS Assistant – Volunteers assist with anything from meal times to craft time to just chatting with a consumer. Great opportunity for a laid back person with experience in the differently-abled community. This program requires a very special volunteer who understands the need for compassion and kindness in all interactions with our consumers. Volunteers with patience and an upbeat personality are encouraged to apply!
  • SHIP Medicare Volunteer Educator
    The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) assists Medicare beneficiaries by explaining and navigating the Medicare system, healthcare options, and benefits available to them. Medicare Educators help consumers to identify and report fraud (Senior Medicare Patrol) and determine eligibility for Medicare Savings Programs that can reduce costs and save consumers money. Medicare Educators typically do the following: Assemble packets for Medicare 101 classes Teach Medicare 101 classes Answer questions regarding Medicare Meet with consumers for Medicare counseling during initial, special and open enrollment periods Assist with completing applications for Medicare Savings Programs Assist at tabling events like health fairs and senior days All SHIP volunteers receive a free, three-day training, support and mentoring through the certification process. You choose your pace, level of commitment, and the types of assistance you provide. For more information, please complete the volunteer application.
  • Money Minders Program Facilitator
    This program assists older adults with managing and maintaining their finances. Duties may include: Assisting with creating a budget Helping maintain that budget Assisting with understanding bills and disputes as needed
  • Janitorial
    Help with janitorial tasks.
  • Advisory Council Members
    This council carries out advisory functions which further the agency's mission of developing and coordinating community-based systems of services for older adults in our planning and service area. Developing and administering the area plan; Conducting public hearings; Representing the interest of older adults; and Reviewing and commenting on all community policies, programs and actions which affect older adults The council includes individuals and representatives of community organizations who help to enhance the leadership role of the agency in developing community-based systems of services. The advisory council shall be made up of: More than 50 percent older adults, including minority individuals who are participants or who are eligible to participate in programs under this part; Representatives of older adults; Representatives of health care provider organizations, including providers of veterans' health care (if appropriate); Representatives of supportive services provider organizations; Persons with leadership experience in the private and voluntary sectors; Local elected officials; and The general public.
  • Waitstaff
    Volunteers help with anything from food distribution, to serving, and clean up in a congregate dining setting.
  • Kitchen/Food Prep
    Volunteers assist in preparing meals for both congregate dining and home delivered meals.
  • Receptionist
    Volunteers field calls and greet visitors during center open hours.
  • Activity Instructor
    Volunteers teach various sessions on activities of interest and need in our centers for consumers, such as computer or knitting classes.
  • Augusta, ME
    Home Office One Weston Court Augusta, ME 04330 (800)639-1553
  • Brunswick, ME
    Midcoast Regional Center 35 Union Street Brunswick, ME 04011 (207)873-4745
  • Hallowell, ME
    Cohen Community Center 22 Town Farm Road Hallowell, ME 04347 (207)626-7777
  • Waterville, ME
    Muskie Community Center 38 Gold Street Waterville, ME 04901 (207)873-4745
  • Skowhegan, ME
    Somerset Community Center 30 Leavitt St. Skowhegan, ME 04976 (207)474-8552
  • Belfast, ME
    Waldo County Community Center 18 Merriam Road Belfast, ME 04915 (207)338-1190
  • Damariscotta, ME
    Lincoln County Regional Center 767 Main Street Suite 3 Damariscotta, ME 04543 (207)563-1363
  • Donation Pickup Volunteers
    Donation drivers use company van to pick up food donations from Hannaford grocery stores in Waterville or Gardiner. Donation pickups happen in the morning but vary by day and center.
  • Meal Packers
    Volunteers assist packaging and sorting meals for home deliveries. Great role for a detail oriented person!
  • Delivery Drivers
    Volunteers deliver meals to homebound older adults in the community. Great role for someone who loves to drive and have quick visits!
  • 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 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 as a wellness check in. 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.
  • What if I have special dietary needs?
    We can provide meals where feasible and appropriate to meet particular dietary needs.
  • 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.
  • 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 two days in advance, when possible. We also recommend a two-day notification to resume your meals. Your local Nutrition Coordinator can help with these arrangements.
  • What if I don't qualify?
    In the event that you not qualify for Meals on Wheels, we offer Maine-ly Delivered Meals.
  • 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 this program. Volunteer delivery drivers will leave a donation envelope from time-to-time which you may use. 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.
  • When are meals delivered?
    Meals are typically delivered mid-morning through early afternoon. Delivery days vary depending on location. Thelocal Nutrition Coordinator can tell you the schedule in your area.
  • 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.
  • Who would benefit from this service?
    Adults 18 years and older who have intellectual disabilities.
  • Why should I choose Spectrum Generations for Community Case Management?
    Our staff is comprehensively trained and continually aspire to provide excellent service. Our Community Case Management team will make a difference in your life so you can achieve positive impacts and outcomes.
  • How do you know if you qualify for the service?
    You must be found eligible by the Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) – we will help determine if you are eligible and guide you through the steps.
  • What do these services cost?
    Community Case Management services are reimbursed by MaineCare.
  • What happens after the initial planning meeting?
    Your community case manager will continue to monitor the services provided to you to ensure your needs, desires and personal goals are being met.
  • What can a Community Case Manager do for me?
    A community case manager will meet with you and your family to identify areas of need and/or desires to develop an individualized plan. The case manager will link you to the community resources and programs, of your choice, that you feel will improve your quality of life. The case manager will also help you complete any necessary applications or referrals for these resources.
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