> Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels Program is a meal program offering a well-balanced meal to adults through home delivered services or congregate dining sites. It is a federally funded Nutrition Program that encompasses both the familiar Meals on Wheels Program and Congregate Dining Sites. Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver nutritionally balanced meals to home bound elders and adults with disabilities while Congregate Dining Sites provide the opportunity for those elders who are able to leave their homes without assistance to come out to eat and socialize. The Nutrition Program is available in our 28 cities and towns service area.

Menu standards are based on current federal and state guidelines. Each meal contains at least 1/3 of the current daily Recommended Dietary Allowance of nutrients and considers the special dietary needs of the elderly participants.

In addition to the Regular home delivered meal, Elder Services offers the following medically tailored meals:
Cardiac/Modified: For consumers requiring a low sodium & reduced carbohydrate diet. The daily meal comes with skim milk and contains no more than 70 grams of carbohydrates and 900 mg of sodium. A low carbohydrate snack is provided daily to enjoy between meals.
Chinese: For consumers who prefer Asian influenced meals like pork lo-mein, orange chicken, tofu w/bok choy and dumplings.
Latino: For consumers who prefer Latin inspired meals including pastelon, coconut fish, paella and enchiladas.
Low Lactose: For consumers needing a reduced lactose diet. Daily milk will be substituted with lactose-free milk and meals high in lactose will be produced with lower lactose ingredients.
Renal: For consumers with decreased kidney function requiring a sodium, potassium and phosphorus restriction. Juice is sent with the meal instead of milk.
Textured Modified (Chopped, Ground, & Puree): For consumers with chewing/swallowing issues..

Congregate Dining Sites Locations
Located in senior centers, elder housing, and other convenient places, dining centers are locations where adults aged 60 and over and younger adults with disabilities can enjoy good food and good company. Current locations are: Amesbury Senior Center, Amesbury Towers, Archambeault Towers in Lowell, Billerica Senior Center, Dracut Senior Center, Father Norton Manor in Lowell, First Congregational Church in Georgetown, Haverhill Senior Center, Lawrence Senior Center, Methuen Senior Center, Methuen Elder Housing Complex at Mystic Street, Newburyport Senior Center, North Andover Senior Center, Rowley Senior Center, Salisbury Senior Center, Tewksbury Senior Center, Tyngsboro Senior Center and West Newbury Senior Center.

Adults, at least 60 years of age or qualified adults with disability who are determined to be “homebound” are eligible for home delivered meals. Any adult over the age of 60 may participate at the Congregate Dining Site.

There is no cost for either the home delivered meals or congregate meals, however, a $2.00 per meal donation is suggested. The donation is anonymous and voluntary. No eligible elder will be denied service based on their income or their ability to make a donation.

More information about the Nutrition Program or to make a referral for home delivered meals call our Age Information Department at 1-800-892-0890.