Welcome to Meals on Wheels Wayne County NY
We deliver home delivered meals. Our purpose is to deliver hot meals to home bound persons living within the county. Meals on Wheels Wayne County NY has been delivering the nutritional needs of home bound residents in our community since 1973.
Meals on Wheels Wayne County NY assists with better health through nutrition. Often mealtime becomes a challenge for individuals who are recuperating from an illness or who are too ill or frail to prepare a meal. We provide the valuable nutrition needed to help. Primarily we serve elderly (age 60 or over) individuals who have no support at their homes on a consistent basis. Generally, they are physically unable to shop and/or prepare meals due to illness or disability, mentally incapable of providing for their own nutritional needs (such as being confused or forgetful), live alone or with a family member who is unable to prepare or provide nutritionally adequate meals.
Our program is also available to persons under age 60 who are physically handicapped or terminally ill, although the number of these participants is limited due to funding. It is best to call our office and talk with our staff for eligibility.
In 1973 a group of Wayne County residents formed a non-profit corporation whose purpose was to delivery meals to the homebound residents of Wayne County. This corporation would be named Home Meal Service and would be governed by a voluntary board of directors.
By-Laws were created and used to guide the board. Community volunteers were recruited and scheduled to deliver meals within their own towns. The board of directors meet four times per year or as needed.
In the 1990's committees were formed to make recommendations to the board. These new board members recognized the need for this service as times were changing with more women entering the workforce leaving less time for them to care for their elderly parents, relatives and neighbors. Oftentimes job opportunities necessitated children moving far from their parents. The main caregivers were no longer available. People were living longer with chronic illnesses and isolated. The strong desire to remain at home and independent, helped to increase the need for home services such as Meals on Wheels.