Supporting our community together
The Meals on Wheels program provides so much more than just a well-balanced meal! Visits from our volunteers provide a human connection to many who rarely see anyone else throughout the day or week. Haywood County Meals on Wheels has provided nourishing meals to support the health and wellbeing of the homebound in our county for over 40 years. We have happily served well over 2,000 of our community members throughout that time!
Our Meals on Wheels program can provide up to five meals per week to elderly homebound and disabled adults who do not have the ability to prepare their own meals and do not have anyone to prepare their meals for them. Receiving assistance from Meals on Wheels can, and often does, prevent these individuals from being placed into a facility or other institution by allowing them to remain at home and in familiar surroundings. Our program relieves immediate family members, friends, and neighbors from a portion of their caregiving duties, which allows them to focus on spending quality time with their loved ones.
Not only do our meals provide human connection, but they are also prepared with love and care by the Meals on Wheels Staff. Our menus are thoughtfully devised by our Registered Dietitian and provide the 1/3 daily allowance for nutritious wellness to one of the most vulnerable populations in our county. Meals include a source of protein, a vegetable, a fruit, a grain, and a dairy product; click here to learn more about why we focus on these foods!
We currently have approximately 80 volunteers to cover 20 routes on delivery days (Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays). They often times form lasting bonds with recipients on their routes, and get to know a variety of new people in the county! Without them, our program would not be possible.