Rocky River Meals on Wheels
Most people have heard of Meals on Wheels (MOW), but many do not know the particulars about this valuable community service.
The Rocky River Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to prepare meals for those who find it difficult to shop for or prepare food. It has been proudly serving the Rocky River community since 1976. Recipients include older adults, and those of all ages who are ill, disabled or recovering from an injury or surgery. The program is also available to new mothers who may need help with meals after the birth of a baby. Meals can be provided for up to five days a week, long- or short-term.
The Rocky River MOW organization, a division of Westshore Meals on Wheels, is self-sustaining and receives no government subsidies. It is not a form of government assistance. Participants pay a low fee for nutritious, home-cooked meals Monday through Friday. The meal recipient, or other designated person, is billed at the end of each month for meals received during that month.
Menus emphasize fresh, healthy ingredients. Meals are prepared and delivered by a caring group of over 80 dedicated volunteers. Each day’s delivery includes a cold meal, consisting of a sandwich (or ½ sandwich and homemade soup), a salad, fruit, dessert and milk; and a hot meal, which usually includes meat, vegetables, and a starch (potatoes, rice, noodles and/or roll). Hot meals are packaged in a microwaveable tray that can be reheated later in the day. In addition to delivering meals, the MOW volunteers serve as a “wellness check” for recipients, as well as a friendly face for those who are homebound.
If you or someone you know in Rocky River could benefit from the Meals on Wheels program, consider calling the Rocky River MOW kitchen at 440-333-6298 for more information. A home interview can be scheduled and arrangements made for a complimentary meal. Gift certificates are also available and make a great gift for eligible recipients for the holidays or throughout the year.
Barbara McGraw has been a resident of Rocky River for 30 years. She has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer shopper and kitchen crew member since 2011.