“I am unable cook meals on my own. I am on a wheelchair. Meals on Wheels helps me get a hot meal each day. It helps me to be able to stay independent and in my home. I look forward to seeing them and would miss Meals on Wheels if they did not come”
Meals on Wheels provides daily, home-delivered meals to our homebound neighbors in Lehigh County who cannot prepare nutritious meals for themselves and do not live with someone who can provide balanced meals on a regular basis. These neighbors include seniors and individuals with disabilities who need our meals to support their health and independence on a long-term basis, as well as adults with temporary needs (such as recuperation from surgery or a hospital stay).
Eligibility is determined by need, not income. The following are general eligibility guidelines:
- Over the age of 18
- Homebound* and unable to meet basic nutritional needs** either temporarily or permanently
- Have no other reliable means of obtaining daily meals
- Reside in our service area (all of Lehigh County except the West Bethlehem 18018 zip code that falls in Lehigh County)
*Definition of “homebound”: Unable to leave the home without considerable difficulty and/or assistance. A person may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, such as a trip to the barber or religious services.
**Definition of “unable to meet basic nutritional needs”: Unable to prepare/have difficulty preparing at least one nutritious meal daily because of physical or mental limitations, or unable to obtain/have difficulty obtaining necessary food.
Other household members who may be eligible:
- Spouse or partner caregiver who is caring for the homebound individual.