• Eligibility

    A person must be substantially homebound due to physical or mental challenges, and must be unable to shop and/or prepare meals.

    Meals

    Our meals are prepared by Meals on Wheels of NEPA.  For more information about their specific program, visit http://www.mealsonwheelsnepa.com/  .

    On delivery days, our volunteers deliver between 11 am and 1 pm. Meals are not delivered Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Clients may request pre-delivery meals for these holidays.


    Frozen Meal Program:

    Clients are provided with a week's worth of frozen meals delivered on a single day each week. Quantity of meals delivered can range from two to fourteen, based on client need and preference. Fourteen meals provide lunch and dinner seven days per week.  Frozen meal delivery also includes a condiment bag containing milk or juice, bread, fruit, and assorted snacks.

    Daily Delivery Program:

    For clients who cannot store or prepare frozen meals, we offer a daily delivery program.  One hot meal and one cold bagged meal are delivered each day Monday thru Friday.  Daily delivery can also be provided on a Tuesday-Thursday or Monday-Wednesday-Friday delivery schedule.

    Weekend meals are also available. Each Friday, two cold bagged meals and two frozen meals will be provided with the regular delivery.

    Emergency Bags:

    We provide Emergency Bags beginning in October to all Agency on Aging and Community Health Choice clients. Private pay clients can opt out of this program. These bags are to be used during inclement weather when our drivers are unable to deliver. Once winter weather has stopped, we provide an additional bag during the summer in case of power outages. An emergency bag costs the same as two meals and typically contains the following: a 9 oz. shelf stable entree, a 7.25 oz. can of low sodium soup, 2 packets instant nonfat dry milk, a 6 oz. juice box, a 5.5 oz. can of V8 low sodium juice, a 3 oz. can of tuna, a 3.9 oz. cup of applesauce, a 4 oz. can of fruit, a cup of sugar-free pudding, 2 packets of crackers, and a packet of light mayonnaise.

    Diet Choices

    Our meals follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) “Choose My Plate” meal planning tool and comply with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging nutrition guidelines for home delivered meals. A registered dietician assists in the meal planning. Each meal provides a minimum of 1/3 of the Dietary Reference Intakes for nutrients. With a maximum daily average over one week, each two-meal unit is restricted in sodium (less than 1,800mg in 2 meals maximum daily average over one week), contains less than 35% of calories from fat, and provides 1,200 to 1,500 calories. The menu is planned to provide balanced nutrition in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

    Two meals will include the following:    

    Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs &/or Nuts ……….. 2 servings

    Vegetables Group …………………………………………………. 2-4 servings

    Fruit Group ……………………………………………………….…. 2-4 servings

    Bread, Cereal, Rice, & Pasta Group …………………………. 2-4 servings

    Diet Choices

               Regular: 1,200 to 1,500 calories. Recommended for those with no dietary restrictions.  Suitable for diabetic diets and cardiac friendly.

               Diet: Similar to the regular diet, but low fat and lower carbohydrate.

               Renal: 1,200 to 1,500 calories. Recommended for those with renal disease. This diet does not limit protein. Sodium is restricted to a maximum daily average of 1,800mg over one week for two meals. Phosphorus and potassium are limited by eliminating food items like tomato products, potatoes, oranges, bananas, raisins, and cantaloupes.

               NCSS: Recommended for those with diverticulitis or colitis.  Eliminates seeds, skins, and corn.

               No Leafy Greens: Recommended for those on blood thinners.  Limits Vitamin K by restricting leafy greens such as collards and spinach.

               Soft-chopped: Recommended for those with trouble chewing. Equivalent to the regular diet and includes chopped meats. Other hard-to-chew items may be chopped, but not pureed.

               Pureed: Recommended for those with chewing or swallowing problems. Equivalent to the regular diet; however, the food is modified to a smooth, pudding-like consistency.

               Specialty DietsVegetarian, Vegan, Lactose Free, and Gluten-Free available.         

    Pet Meals

    For many of our clients, pets offer 24/7 companionship. A pet may be the only “family” a client has.

    In January 2009, we began providing pet food to clients needing assistance feeding their pets. The program arose after volunteers began reporting clients were sharing their Meals on Wheels food with their pets, thereby compromising their own nutrition and good health. Currently our volunteers graciously deliver food to 42 dogs and 37 cats on a monthly basis. We typically can provide one to two weeks’ supply of dog and cat food, sometimes more depending on our current stores of donated pet food. 

    Continuation of these deliveries depends on community support and donations. Financial donations for pet food should be so designated. Our greatest need is for wet and dry cat food and dry dog food. We ask for unopened canned or dry dog or cat food that is not expired.  Cans should not be dented and bags should not have holes. Food can be dropped off Monday – Friday from 10 AM to 3:30 PM, or call the office to arrange for pickup.

    If you wish to conduct a pet food drive on our behalf,
    contact Stacey Koeck at SKoeck@monroemeals.org or 570.424.8794.

    You must be a current Meals on Wheels client to participate in this program.