Meals on Wheels
The Cleveland Heights Meals on Wheels is a community-based program that began in 1978 with the goal of providing nutritious food, a friendly visit, and a quick safety check for homebound senior citizens.
The Cleveland Heights organization includes volunteers who pack and deliver the meals, a board of directors, kitchen staff at McGregor Retirement Community, and Cleveland Heights Office on Aging staff.
A hot meal and a cold bagged meal are packed in the Fairmount Presbyterian Church kitchen and delivered to homebound senior citizens four days a week (M,W,Th F) between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm (a meal can be delivered on Monday to cover Tuesday).
The Meals on Wheels service is intended for both the long-term homebound person and for shorter term situations for as many days needed. The cost of meals is $7.25 per day for two meals. Upon signing up for the service, a refundable deposit of $100.00 will be due. Deposit and payments for meals must be made by check or cash. If funds are available, meals can be subsidized as the program is self-supporting and does not receive government funds.
If interested in receiving meals for yourself or a family member, contact Carolyn Neal at the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging at 216-691-7342 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“While the food delivery is an important aspect of Meals on Wheels, another valuable part is that a friendly person is there to say hi and check in with the senior.”
- Meals on Wheels Volunteer
How to Volunteer
The Cleveland Heights Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers who want to join this fun group serving homebound seniors. Volunteers pack the prepared food at the Fairmount Presbyterian Church kitchen, then deliver a hot and cold meal four days a week to about 20 people. Recipients are all people over the age of 60 who need both meals and a friendly person to check in on them.
The volunteer positions are:
- Food hauler: Pick up food at McGregor Retirement Center at 10:00 am and deliver to Fairmount Church. Return containers after delivery.
- Food packer: After the food arrives from McGregor Retirement Center, divide the food into individual servings, 10:20–11:30 am.
- Delivery driver: Two drivers deliver the meals, 11:20 am–12:15 pm. Many volunteers fill more than one role. For example, the food hauler often serves as a food packer. Many food packers also deliver the meals. Our volunteers tell us that they love the fellowship of being a part of Meals on Wheels and meeting the meal recipients. The seniors who receive the meals are very grateful for the program and really appreciate the volunteers.
For information about volunteering please visit the Meals on Wheels Volunteer Opportunity page contact Carolyn Neal at the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging at 216-691-7342 or e-mail at email@example.com.
More about Meals on Wheels
To donate to the program, send funds to
Meals on Wheels of Cleveland Heights, Inc.
PO Box 18499
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118-0499.
Volunteers wear a mask for the delivery and limit contact while still offering a friendly greeting with the meal delivery.