Residents of any age who live within the boundaries of the cities of Bedford, Bedford Hts., Walton Hills and Oakwood Village, OH., who are temporarily or permanently disabled, chronically ill, or homebound may qualify. This service enables people unable to shop and/or prepare adequate meals for themselves to maintain or resume independent living in their own homes.
New applicants to our Meals on Wheels program are asked to pay $20/week for a single-person household, and $30/week for a couple, if able. For those with low income, our Meals On Wheels Angel Fund may help subsidize the cost of meals.
For seniors age 60 and over who meet the qualifications, free federal meals (Title III) may be provided by Maple Hts. Senior Center or Rose Centers for Aging Well and delivered by SE Clergy Meals’ volunteers. These nutritionally balanced meals following the guidelines of the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, have been approved for all seniors, including those requiring a low-carb or low-salt diet.
In order to be accepted into the Older Americans Act (Title III) program, a social worker must assess the needs and abilities of each recipient for inclusion in this program. There are a limited number of spaces available and our clients will be put on a waiting list until a space is available. (It is not unusual to wait several months before there is an opening.)
You bet they do! The kitchens that serve our Meals on Wheels programs prepare “comfort food” meals which our seniors are familiar with. A typical weekly menu might include: 4-5 cold or frozen entrees like manicotti, stuffed peppers, lemon chicken and a turkey sandwich; all meals include vegetables and are completed with bread, fruit (fresh grapes, orange, applesauce or canned oranges or sliced peaches) milk, juice and condiments as needed. A few snacks including cookies, raisins, crackers & peanut butter, or perhaps a homemade muffin round out the week.
For those requiring a special diet, we coordinate with University Hospital - Bedford Medical Center to obtain renal diets, soft food diets, low-salt or low-carb meals, or allergy-free diets tailored to one's needs.
During this pandemic, our priority is to make sure your delivery is as safe as possible. All volunteers wear masks and are required to stay six feet distance from our clients. They will bring meals to the door, but will try to stay as far away as possible and still place the packages where you can comfortably open them.
For many years, an additional benefit to each client and volunteer in Meals on Wheels was new friendships. Many recipients lived alone and were housebound, so a visit from our volunteers was sometimes the highlight of their day. A few moments to discuss the weather, a favorite TV show, a baseball score or family news was looked forward to by many people in our program. Volunteers also often developed relationships with our clients which lasted for years. We look forward to that time again when this pandemic has passed and we return to daily hot meal deliveries.
If you are interested in becoming a recipient of our Meals program, you or an interested friend or relative can apply over the phone by calling 440-439-0302 to apply or fill out the form attached, and we’ll call you.