Meals on Wheels
Who Is Eligible?
The service is available to all Norwalk residents of any age who are not meeting their nutritional needs because of difficulty shopping or preparing their own meals due to long term illness, injury, disability or general frailty.
Two meals a day - one hot, one cold - are prepared and delivered by volunteers. Meals On Wheels currently delivers meals to about 85 Norwalk residents each day.
What Is The Cost?
The cost is based on monthly income to which a sliding scale fee is applied. In some cases, third party payments are available. Monthly invoices are mailed to recipients or to family members if requested.
How Do I Sign Up?
Anyone can request Meals On Wheels by calling the Norwalk Senior Center at (203) 847-3115 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A home visit is made by the Meals on Wheels Coordinator, and meal delivery can be made in a few days.
Meals can be delivered to the recipient's home up to five days per week, (Monday through Friday) between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., by a volunteer who takes a moment for a friendly visit. Meal plans which provide enough food for 1-7 days per week are chosen by the customer. All meals are delivered cold in thermal transport containers. A registered dietician plans the menus and meals are prepared fresh each day by a professional staff in an institutional kitchen. Some special diets, such as diabetic and renal diets, are available.
How Can I Help?
This program is heavily subsidized in order to maintain affordable costs to our customers. Meals on Wheels is supported by the City of Norwalk and private contributions. Contributions are fully tax-deductible and are greatly appreciated and needed.
Volunteering is also a much needed and rewarding service. Volunteers who deliver meals usually stop for a quick, friendly visit and safety check with their customers. For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Meals on Wheels Coordinator, Jane Wenk at the Norwalk Senior Center at (203) 847-3115 ext. 108.