Meals On Wheels

Meals On Wheels provides meals for homebound seniors with reduced mobility. Fayette Senior Services is the sole provider of Meals On Wheels for Fayette County.

Nutrition/Meals

MOWpicFayette 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. Each frozen meal, which can be heated in the microwave, includes a meat entrée, two vegetable sides, a dinner roll, dessert, and milk. 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. Ensure delivery is also available by request.

Cost for Service

There is no charge for Meals On Wheels; however, donations are greatly appreciated. Suggested donation amounts based on income will be provided once service starts.

Eligibility

    Applicants should:

  • Be a Fayette County resident
  • Be unable to prepare nutritious meals due to physical, mental, or financial challenges
  • Live alone or have no consistent or reliable help preparing meals during the day
  • Be homebound or semi-homebound (temporarily or permanently)
  • Be able to accept meals at delivery time.

Daily deliveries are between 11 AM and 1 PM, Monday – Friday.
Weekly deliveries are between 9:45 AM and 11:30 AM.
Eligibility is based on a person’s need and does not depend on income. Service is also available on a case-by-case basis for those who may not meet above requirements.

Applying for Service

Do you or someone you know need Meals On Wheels? Please call our office at 770-461-0813 to complete the required intake.

Volunteering

Delivery volunteers are the heart and soul of our Meals On Wheels program, providing our clients with food and friendship. Each year they deliver over 40,000 nutritious meals to homebound seniors throughout Fayette County. Meals on Wheels is also a great way 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.

Permanent Drivers

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Volunteers are needed for our weekly and daily routes. Our weekly route clients receive 5 meals on one day. Weekly route volunteers deliver meals Tuesdays through Fridays from approximately 9:45 AM to 11:30 AM and will have multiple coolers. 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 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. The average route has 5 to 6 stops and takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.

Substitute Drivers

Being a Meals On Wheels substitute driver is ideal for people who are unable to commit to a regular schedule with specific days. Substitute drivers are called to fill in on routes that become open due to permanent driver cancellations.

Route Teams

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.

If you have any questions about being a Meals On Wheels volunteer, contact Natalie Hynson at 770-461-0813, ext. 127.

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Ani-Meals:

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We found that some of our Meals On Wheels (MOW) clients are challenged to provide food for their pets. Often, hunger can become a mutual affliction, especially when leaving the house isn’t an option. Some homebound seniors may even forego their own meal so their pets can eat. But now, thanks to a grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust, we can offer “Ani-Meals,” our pet program that ensures our MOW clients’ pets have a nutritious meal, too!

To many homebound seniors, having a pet is a source of companionship and comfort. The Ani-Meals program is designed to give our MOW clients a little help with the cost of pet food so that it isn’t an added burden to maintain the important bond between pet owner and pet. We developed a comprehensive database that includes information on each MOW client’s pet, including the type of food the pet requires or is accustomed to and avoid any disruption to the pet’s diet.

 

If you are interested in being part of the volunteer Ani-Meals delivery team, please email  Natalie Hynson, MOW Coordinator, or call 770-461-0813 ext. 127.