Eating well plays an important role in the health and wellbeing of the older adults we serve and can be a key factor in a person’s ability to remain independent at home. Our hot nutritious meals delivered to the home or enjoyed at one of our Community Dining Centers or Lunch Clubs are designed for the specific nutritional needs of older adults. The program relies on hundreds of volunteers to help deliver, package and serve meals.
Meals on Wheels
A nutritious meal delivered by a friendly driver is much more than sustenance. It goes a long way in helping maintain independence. Meals on Wheels are provided short-term or long-term to homebound older adults age 60 and older who are unable to prepare a nutritionally balanced meal for themselves. Cold evening meals and frozen weekend meals are also available for clients who have no other resources. Meals are delivered between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays.
There are no income guidelines for Meals on Wheels and no fee for the service but we do ask for a donation to help to pay for the program. The suggested donation amount of $3.00 per meal is reflected in a monthly donation statement. However, we never deny anyone a meal if they can’t afford to donate.
To make a referral to start delivery of Meals on Wheels, call Tri-Valley’s Information & Resource Department.
Community Dining Centers/Lunch Clubs
Good Food, Good Friends – Join us for Lunch!
Community Dining Centers create an opportunity for socializing while enjoying a nutritious lunch. Special events, parties and education programs are offered at all locations.
Anyone 60 and older is welcome to eat a noontime meal, Monday through Friday, at one of 10 Community Dining Centers operated by Tri-Valley. We have introduced soup and salad/or sandwich meals once weekly at several locations. Come enjoy a meal, visit with friends and meet new ones.
Tri-Valley also operates Lunch Clubs at various locations throughout our service area. These clubs do not meet daily but they provide the same hot noontime meal that is available at Community Dining Centers.
See the Dining Center/Lunch Club listing to find a location near you. Reservations need to be made 48 hours in advance by calling the location directly or the Nutrition Office at 508-949-6640.
A voluntary donation of $3.00 for each meal is suggested to help defray the meal cost.
A registered dietitian provides nutrition education programs at Community Dining Center locations plus one-on-one nutrition counseling for homebound clients who receive Meals on Wheels.
Emergency Food Pantry
The Nutrition Program maintains an emergency food pantry for clients of Tri-Valley aged 60 and older. A 3-day supply of shelf-stable food will be delivered to clients experiencing a temporary shortage.
For additional emergency food assistance in your local community contact:
Worcester County Food Bank
508-842-3663 or www.foodbank.org.