Meals on Wheels is a unique humanitarian program inspired by the desire to help solve the problems of elderly and handicapped people who are shut-ins. Many people are able to live more independently in their homes with just a little help, such as by having nutritious meals delivered to them. Shopping and cooking no longer present problems.
Community volunteers are the backbone of the program. They pack and deliver the meals. Their friendly visits furnish daily outside contact. Meals are prepared and delivered from three sponsoring churches: Second Presbyterian, Trinity Baptist, and Trinity Hill United Methodist.
Service consists of three meals a day, a hot meal and a bag of cold foods, delivered Monday through Friday (including holidays) between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm.
Meals on Wheels needs reliable people that want to share a smile and a friendly face with our homebound clients. You can volunteer one or more days a week or a couple of days a month. Ask a family member or friend to share this rewarding experience with you!
Packers: About 8:30 – 11 a.m. (varies) A Food Handler’s Permit from the Lexington Fayette County Health Department is needed. You can obtain this online or after watching a 15 minute training video and taking a short written test at 804 Newtown Circle. Call (859) 231-9791 x4245 for more information or visit the Health Department website. The cost is $20 and you can be reimbursed by Meals on Wheels. The Permit is good for three years. Packers help with packaging the foods in the church kitchens.
Drivers and Visitors: About 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (varies) Xerox-type copies of your valid driver’s license and car liability insurance card are kept on file with your unit coordinator. You will be delivering meals to clients’ homes. Deliveries are usually made by two people, one who drives and the other who delivers to the clients. If you do not drive, you can still help by being a friendly visitor who delivers the meals. You can keep a record of your mileage and claim 14 cents per mile as a charitable contribution on your federal income tax.