Meals on Wheels
The Home-Delivered Meal program, better known as Meals on Wheels, provides a critical service to the home-bound, frail elderly, with the goal of improving health through adequate nutrition, and helping them to age in place. The program is open to those age 60 and older who are not able to get food and prepare their own meals due to illness or physical disabilities.
Program staff not only deliver a noon meal, but also serve as a safety check for these frail seniors who live alone. Because the frail elderly are at an increased risk of medical emergencies, falls and accidents, the routine meal delivery ensures that in case of an emergency, someone is coming into the home.
Meal deliveries also help break the isolation, as the meal drivers may be the senior’s only contact with the outside world. In addition, the Meals on Wheels drivers serve as a link to other community resources that may be needed.
“I was often in a position of having to decide whether to purchase medication, food or pay the monthly housing bills. Because of Meals on Wheels, I am no longer forced to make that decision.”
- A Meals on Wheels recipient
- Age 60 and older
- Living alone without reliable help
- Unable to get food or prepare a meal due to illness or physical disabilities
For information on home-delivered meals, call the number listed for your county of residence:
Dorchester County – 410-221-1920
Somerset County – 410-651-3400
Wicomico County – 410-742-0505
Worcester County – 410-632-1277
Congregate meals are served in community settings, such as senior centers, and offer seniors an opportunity to engage in social activities while having a nutritious meal.
Age 60 and older
Meals are served at 11 nutrition sites throughout the Lower Shore:
Delmarva Community Services, Cambridge Senior Center
Delmarva Community Services, Hurlock Senior Center
410-943-1106, 410-943-1107, or 410-943-1108
Westover Senior Services Center
410-651-3517 or 410-651-3400
Deal Island Senior Center
Smith Island Senior Center
at Rhodes Point Community Hall, Ewell
Salisbury-Wicomico Senior Services Center in Salisbury
Willards Senior Center
Charles & Martha Fulton Senior Center in Snow Hill
Northern Worcester County Senior Center, Berlin
Pocomoke City Senior Center
Worcester County Senior Center, Ocean City