Popularly known as “Meals-on-Wheels”, this federally sponsored home delivered meal service is a national program administered locally to deliver well-balanced, lunchtime meals to frail, homebound individuals who are at least 60 years of age. Elders are asked to make a $2.50* donation per meal to help defray the cost of the meal.
Elder Services delivers hot lunches to elders living in Auburn, Barre, Boylston, Grafton, Hardwick, Holden, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, Oakham, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, and Worcester. Meals are delivered Monday-Friday and include regular hot meals, modified meals for diabetics, supper meals and frozen meals, depending upon a client’s needs. Kosher and therapeutic meals are available in the City of Worcester, frozen therapeutic meals are available in all towns.
Meals on Wheels Delivery Precautions and Distancing Protocol
ESWA's catering and distribution sites are required to use Serve Safe practices that protect against contamination of food, food contact surfaces and packaging and to maintain clean and sanitized facilities and food contact surfaces. All hot regular Meals on Wheels are now being pre-trayed by the center, this lessens the number of people in direct contact with your meal.
All Meals on Wheels Drivers have put new protocols into place for your protection. Drivers will be wearing a new pair of gloves for each individual delivery, and hand sanitizing in between deliveries. As well Drivers have been instructed to leave the meal hanging on your doorknob, and stepping back a minimum of 6 feet to observe you retrieving your meal. If you do not answer your door, standard no-answer procedures go into effect with follow-up phone call.