Many homebound elderly and adults with disabilities are fragile and vulnerable, and most struggle to prepare a nutritious meal on their own. Meals on Wheels can help! Locally prepared meals are delivered by a neighborhood volunteer. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, Keystone Meals on Wheels is currently delivering frozen meals weekly rather than hot meals daily. Keystone’s Meals on Wheels program is all about choice and friendly service.
Volunteers make this program special
Volunteering for Meals on Wheels is a meaningful experience for volunteers and your time has a profound impact on homebound seniors. Volunteers can help pack meals or deliver meals to the door at lunchtime, Monday through Friday.
The benefits to Meals on Wheels
Delicious Food Options
All meals are low-sodium and diabetic friendly, and we can accommodate special diets and preferences. During the pandemic, we are serving meals designed by dieticians and professional chefs from a menu that changes quarterly.
Keystone’s Meals on Wheels is more than just a meal. We have dedicated volunteers from the community who personally deliver the meals and oftentimes will stay for a chat. All volunteers are required to wear masks and social distance while delivering to ensure everyone’s safety, and we currently doing contactless delivery for the safety of our volunteers and seniors. This friendly visit by a caring volunteer not only reduces isolation, but the visit is also an important safety check for some of our frail seniors. We have countless stories of the volunteers noticing the customer doesn’t “seem themselves” and actions taken that have led to life saving measures.
A Keystone Added Value Service
We believe helping a senior remain living in their home is an essential part of our work. That is why we offer a home visit for new Meals on Wheels customers. During the COVID pandemic, home visits are being conducted over the phone. This intake visit is a free home visit with an experienced staff member who will check to see how the program is working for the customer, answer any questions about the program and discuss other community resources that might be of assistance. This might include making referrals to our other senior programs or help finding transportation, home care or companion services.