Meals on Wheels Program

Who is Served?

Any homebound individual in Radford and Fairlawn who requests delivery of meals.  We do not ask anyone to explain or justify their need.  There is no fee. 

 A Meals on Wheels clientMany of our guests are elderly and living alone.  Many have difficulty walking or standing long enough without a walker to cook.  Some do have family, neighbors, or nursing aides who help the person in need.  In that case, the daily lunch not only benefits the guest, but also provides some relief for the caregiver.  In addition, the delivery of a meal is a welcome opportunity for human contact for some guests.

To request service:
Call the Coordinator, Charlotte Leslie (540) 641-3883, or on weekdays between 8AM and 1PM call the kitchen (540) 639-0290.

Guests or caregivers should call us in advance when they will not need a meal. When that is not possible and no one answers the door, we do our best to locate the guest or a contact.

We deliver meals all weekdays, except New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and when the Radford City schools close for hazardous weather.

Meals

We cook one meal each week day.  Diverse dietary preferences cannot be accommodated with donated food.  We do not add salt to dishes prepared in the kitchen, because some canned or packaged items already contain salt.  Fresh or canned fruit is sometimes available. 

Examples of meals are:Filling a Meals on Wheels tray
- Salisbury Steak on whole wheat bread with gravy, mashed potatoes, greens.
- 2 hot dogs with white buns, canned baked beans, cookie,

On Fridays, guests get an extra bag of fruit and canned or packaged foods.

Homebound folks 60 years old or older who prefer meals meeting nutritional standards may wish to contact the New River Valley Agency on Aging, the other provider of homebound meals--meals which meet strict nutritional requirements. At this time, there are no nutritional standards for Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread meals.

Volunteer Activities

Volunteers typically either work in the kitchen to prepare the meals or pick up and deliver the meals.

A Typical Day:Making sure all meals are present.

8-9:30 AM
Some volunteers help cook the meal.
9:30-10
Kitchen volunteers load hot food into styrofoam clam shells and seal them with plastic film.
10-10:30
Volunteer drivers arrive, check meals available against a list of guests, load their cars.
10-Noon
Volunteers deliver meals on their route.  Each day there are 4 routes with about 10-14 deliveries per route.  If no one answers, we will call contacts to try to locate the individual.

It is up to the volunteers and the guests if they choose to chat for a while when meals are delivered.

We do not deliver meals when Radford City schools are closed for hazardous weather.

 

To volunteer, click here.