Meals-on-Wheels operates three nutrition programs to assist the homebound elderly in Forsyth County: hot meals, groceries and frozen meals. Volunteers have delivered more than 5,000,000 meals since the program began in 1962. Forsyth County’s Meals-on-Wheels program is the oldest in the Southeast and the third oldest in the nation.
Meals-on-Wheels provides a hot nutritious lunch each weekday for 1,243 seniors in Forsyth County. Recipients are homebound and physically or mentally unable to obtain or prepare meals for themselves or have no responsible person available to provide meals. This meal-delivery service helps provide both necessary nutrition and social contact for the elderly, enabling them to remain in their own homes.
Meals-on-Wheels provides frozen meals to homebound seniors who meet the criteria for this program. Every two weeks eligible seniors receive 10 frozen meals that are packaged and ready to be reheated.
Currently 1,789 community volunteers deliver meals throughout Forsyth County via a network of 67 hot meal routes and 22 frozen meal routes. In the last year 250,456 meals were served to 1,675 elderly.
Meals-on-Wheels also provides shelf-stable groceries to eligible individuals. This service allows the program to address some of the nutritional needs of the homebound elderly not met by hot or frozen meals. In addition, emergency meals are delivered to all clients to have on hand in case of inclement weather. Meals-on-Wheels also provides screening for falls and fall-prevention services, as well as flowers, pet food and referrals to other community services.
Forsyth County homebound residents age 60 and over who are unable to obtain and prepare food for themselves are eligible for this service.
To make a referral, an individual simply calls the Meals-on-Wheels office. Referrals usually come from prospective clients themselves or through the Department of Social Services, County Health Department, doctors, ministers and other concerned citizens.
Cost of Service
The cost per meal is $5.00. Individuals, churches and foundations provide funding for about half of the meals delivered each year. Federal, state and local governments provide funding for the other half. A small percentage of recipients pay for the meals. Other recipients may contribute to the cost of the service as they are able, but no one is denied service owing to an inability to do so.
Hot-Meal Volunteers Needed
Each morning, Monday through Friday, between 9:45 A.M. and 11:00 A.M., volunteers gather at Senior Services or one of the nine satellite locations to begin their routes. They pick up the meals and route sheets for their assigned areas and make the deliveries in their own cars. Each route sheet contains pertinent information about the recipients and written directions to each home.
Volunteers deliver as their schedules allow, and many choose the geographic area of the county they prefer. Delivery time for each route is approximately 90 minutes.
Frozen-Meal Volunteers in Demand, Too
Volunteers are also needed to deliver frozen meals every two weeks to homebound seniors in Forsyth County. Deliveries are made every other Tuesday, and frozen meals are also available for pick up at Senior Services.
Or Lend a Hand to the Grocery Program
Volunteers are needed, as well, to pack bags of shelf-stable groceries and to deliver grocery bags. Grocery bags may be packed and delivered at the volunteer’s convenience.
Join the Meals-on-Wheels Team!
Please consider making a difference, and discover the rewarding joys of being a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer. If you can help, download the application below and fill it out and mail it to: Meals-on-Wheels Volunteer Coordinator, Senior Services, Inc., 2895 Shorefair Drive, W-S, NC 27105.
In addition to the main pick-up site at the Senior Services Center, nine satellite sites are positioned around the county for additional pick up by volunteers.
- Alder's Point
- Assembly Terrace, Winston-Salem
- Azalea Terrace, Winston-Salem
- Healy Towers, Winston-Salem
- Holy Family Catholic Church, Clemmons
- Koerner Place Apartments, Kernersville
- Love's United Methodist Church, Walkertown
- Robinwood Retirement Community, Kernersville
- Salemtowne, Winston-Salem
- Williams Adult Day Center, Winston-Salem
- Winston Summit, Winston-Salem