Meals on Wheels is a program to bring a healthy, nutritious meal to those who have trouble preparing their own food due to poor health or other problems. Meals are delivered to the home on weekdays, with frozen meals provided for the weekends.
Recipients can request the service or be referred to it by family, friends, or medical professionals. The service can be either short-term or long-term, and a recipient can elect to receive meals for each weekday or only certain days. Meals are offered at no cost, but a $3 donation per meal is requested to help cover some of the costs of the program.
The visits by Meals on Wheels volunteers are also meant to provide a friendly social visit and check on a resident’s safety.
The following Meals on Wheels programs operate in Southeastern Connecticut:
Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc.
An organization serving the Estuary Region, the Estuary Council of Seniors cooks meals for the Meals on Wheels program in Old Saybrook and distributes them from this town as well as Clinton and Old Lyme. 860-388-1611, ecsenior.org.
Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center
This organization distributes meals provided by TVCCA. 860-599-3285, the-pnc.org.
Thames Valley Council for Community Action
In addition to Meals on Wheels deliveries, TVCCA has a senior nutrition program that offers a hot lunch meal at senior centers throughout the region. 860-889-1365, tvcca.org