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Home-Delivered Meals

Meals on Wheels of RI’s Home-Delivered Meal Program was established in 1969 to help ensure the physical and mental well-being of homebound older adults.

Today, we offer home-delivered meals as the only nonprofit meal delivery program of its kind in Rhode Island, serving approximately 1,312 seniors statewide each weekday.

Each weekday, our drivers deliver complete and nutritious, fully-prepared meals that meet one-third of of our clients’ recommended daily dietary intake.

Providing much more than a meal, we also ensure client safety through a daily well-being check, and work to lessen feelings of isolation and loneliness with a friendly visit with one of our drivers.

Some clients’ meals are provided through grant and donor funding. We also offer Private Pay to clients seeking an immediate need for home-delivered meals and for those who may not meet established program eligibility. 

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To enroll in the Home-Delivered Meal program, applicants must:

  1. Be age 60 or older or be under the age of 60 and have an approved waiver, i.e. DHS, PACE, NHPRI
  2. Be homebound/have difficulty leaving home independently
  3. Not be a participant in an adult daycare or dining program on a day the participant is scheduled to receive meals.

Meals on Wheels of RI receives funding from both the federal and state government which are issued from the Older Americans Act and administered by the R.I. Office of Healthy Aging. However, that funding does not cover the entire cost of providing our “More Than a Meal” service. We ask clients for a suggested donation of $3.00 per meal. Clients will continue to receive meals regardless of their ability to make a donation.

We also work closely with the R.I. Department of Human Services in providing services to clients on waiver programs. Recipients qualified through the waiver program are not asked to donate. If you think you might be eligible for the waiver program, please contact your social worker or the Department of Human Services.

The meal will arrive in two parts. The main portion of the meal is delivered in a two or three-compartment tray which can be safely heated in a microwave or conventional oven (not a toaster oven). This tray consists of a main entrée, potatoes, rice or pasta, and a vegetable. The second portion of the meal, which we call the cold pack, includes milk or juice, bread, dessert, and/or condiments. The meals are prepared with no added salt or sugar and are not heavily seasoned.
We are able to offer several meal menus statewide, including Kosher, cardiac friendly, chopped and pureed meals. Substitutions are made for diabetics where desserts are concerned. A monthly menu is provided. For current menus, click on the “MENUS” link below.

Meals on Wheels of RI delivers meals to our clients statewide by our small team of paid drivers and volunteers. Meals are delivered between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays.

Meals are not delivered on the following holidays and other days, when the Meals on Wheels of RI office is closed. All clients receive a double meal delivery preceding the scheduled holiday.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Fourth of July
  • Victory Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day