Meals on Wheels
Lake County Council on Aging Senior Nutrition Programs
Food insecurity and social isolation are threats to our senior neighbors. The Lake County Council on Aging supports seniors’ desire to remain safe and independent in their own home. Providing home delivered and dine-in meals is one of the agency’s largest efforts in helping them remain in their neighborhood.
Eligible clients are Lake County residents 60+ years old (including spouse or dependent child) who are somewhat homebound and are unable to obtain groceries or prepare meals themselves for various reasons. A social worker will conduct a comprehensive assessment and nutrition risk survey annually. Referrals for additional services may be made as necessary.
Meals on Wheels
(Home Delivered Meals)
Meals on Wheels
Compassionate volunteer drivers deliver hot meals and a warm smile daily from one of our five community kitchens between the hours of 10:30 am and 12:30 pm Monday through Friday. An option to receive two frozen meals to heat for the weekend is offered. Menus are approved by a dietitian to provide a minimum of one-third of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) and meet the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The Lake County Council on Aging is a member of Meals on Wheels America, a nonprofit organization which promotes education, information and advocacy for America’s senior residents. The More Than a Meal Pilot Research Study, conducted by Brown University and funded by AARP Foundation, demonstrated that home delivered meals improve overall health, reduce anxiety and depression, decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation, and help seniors feel more safe and confident about living in their own home.
Clients are offered an opportunity to make a voluntary, anonymous donation to help defray meal costs. Clients will receive monthly statements identifying the number of meals delivered and an envelope to use to submit donations. The suggested donation amount is $2.50 per meal; however no client is denied meals due to inability to contribute.
The Council on Aging also offers a dine-in lunch program at the Lunch Place at four local Lake County seniors centers in Eastlake, Madison, Painesville and Wickliffe. Click here for more information on the Lunch Place.
Important Information for Clients and their Families/Caregivers
- Home Delivered Meal Client Expectations
- Instructions for Reheating Frozen Meals
- Pet Policy
- Be Prepared for Winter and Emergencies
Emergency Closure Information
In the event inclement weather or an unforeseen emergency causes one or more Nutrition Sites to close, please refer to the following:
As a consumer of Older Americans Act (OAA) funded services provided by the Lake County Council on Aging, your rights are important. The Council on Aging strives to provide the best possible service and treat all consumer with dignity and respect. If you believe your rights have been violated or are dissatisfied with or have been denied OAA funded services, you may file a grievance. Click here for our Grievance Policy and Form.
How to Get Started…
Call the Lake County Council on Aging Information & Assistance at 440-205-8111 to refer a senior or make a self-referral for home delivered meals. Basic information will be collected and a social worker will contact the meal recipient to conduct an assessment in their home.
You may also connect with us via our online “Send Us a Message” Contact Form and an Information Specialist will contact you back at the preferred method of contact you designate on the form.