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Meals On Wheels


Meals on Wheels serves individuals who are unable to prepare their own food because of physical limitations. A home visit is required to determine eligibility, and if found eligible, arrangements are made to have meals delivered to their home. Eligibility criteria are specified in law. Berks County aims to serve everyone in need of home delivered meals.

The meals are packed in our six centers, to help save time, money, and other valuable resources. Our centers also provide congregate meals to seniors who are not homebound, yet unable to prepare their own meal. Seniors enjoy hot nutritious meals while in a social environment.

Eligibility Guidelines for Meals on Wheels


There are conditions of need and requirements for service to be eligible to participate in the Meals on Wheels program. Consumers applying for the Meals on Wheels program must be 60+ and must be homebound by illness, handicap and/or functional disability meeting the following guidelines:

  • Physically, emotionally or mentally unable to prepare their own meals and/or
  • Have no family or friends or aids available or willing on an ongoing or temporary basis, to assist with meal preparation and/or grocery shopping and/or
  • Physically, emotionally, mentally unable to attend or has no access to a Senior Center, (if client is able to go out and attend center via specialized transportation- not eligible for home delivered meals) and/or
  • Have no cooking facilities in their home.

If you or someone you know fall under the above guidelines and wish to receive more information on eligibility, please contact Alicia Waid at 610-374-3195 EXT 220 or see below under “Referrals” to fill out a Consumer Information Sheet and fax it to 610-374-3483.

Referrals


To refer someone to the Meals on Wheels Program, please download the New Consumer Information Sheet. Once it is completed, please fax it to the attention of Alicia Waid at (610) 374-3483.

Food For Thought


  • It has been estimated that up to 55% of seniors admitted to hospitals are suffering from malnutrition.
  • Good nutrition is an important factor in maintaining a healthy immune system.
  • Staying properly hydrated flushes toxins from your body, relieves constipation, and helps keep your joints flexible and your mind clear.
  • The idea of supplying meals to those in need came from Great Britain during WWII, when many Britons lost their homes and subsequently their ability to cook for themselves. Following the war the U.S. began its own experimental meal program for those in need. What was a small program has now grown into almost 700 home deliveries and 800 volunteers who deliver in Berks County.

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Why Volunteer?

The following videos show how easy it is to implement a Meals on Wheels volunteer program at your business and why doing so increases employee morale and pride in the community.

A special thank you to Turning Point Media for donating the video production.

How Can I Volunteer?

To learn how to become a Meals on Wheels volunteer, please click here to view an information packet.

A Client's Story

A Meals on Wheels client shares her story of how a Berks Encore Center Manager and a Meals on Wheels Volunteer saved her life. Read the entire article....

A volunteer's Story

Learn how a Meals on Wheels volunteer experienced the true impact of the Meals on Wheels program firsthand when someone she loved fell ill and a Meals on Wheels volunteer recognized that something was wrong. Read the entire article....

Meals on Wheels