Special Programs

Meals on Wheels of RI has expanded its services over the years to include much more than providing a nutritious daily meal. Learn about the other senior-related services that the agency offers to elders across the state.

Senior Wish Program:

Since 2005, our Senior Wish Program has helped grant the “wishes” of seniors.  We are able to provide essential items such as hand lotions, soap, towels and robes and seasonal items such as fans and air conditioning units or blankets (when available).  Our work is meant to support and “brighten” the lives of Rhode Island’s senior population.  If you are a senior in need of such a “wish,” are over the age of 50, a Rhode Island resident and are  currently receiving services within the Rhode Island Aging Network, you may request a “wish.”  Each wish is reviewed by our Senior Wish Program coordinator and committee. You may call us directly to place your “wish.”  Call (401) 351-6700. Meals on Wheels of RI also accepts donations to support the Senior Wish Program. If you and/or your organization would like to make a donation please call (401) 351-6700.

Pet Food Program

Like their owners, the pets that are cherished by our seniors also need food to stay healthy. Appreciating how important it is to both provide seniors and their pets with high-quality nutritious meals, MOWRI has partnered with a number of agencies, local companies and friends to make special pet food deliveries to our seniors. Many clients lack the resources needed to keep their companion pets—sometimes a homebound senior’s only “family” member—well-nourished and healthy. Pet food donations from our partners allows us to meet this need while not impacting our routine program operations. Please contact our office for details. Donations of pet food can be arranged by calling (401) 351-6700.

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Senior Wish Program

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island’s Senior Wish Program provides program clients with gift packages of seasonal essentials, everyday necessities and other items during the winter holidays.

Through the support of corporate partners and local businesses, “wish gifts” are collected and delivered to clients. In 2021, more than 200 Meals on Wheels of RI clients received gift packages. If your workplace would like to participate in the program,  please click here for more information.

Our 2022 Amazon Wish List is live! To purchase an item for the Senior Wish Program this season, please click here.

We also accept donations of new, unopened items for gift packages. Suggested items include:

  • Blankets
  • Hats
  • Socks
  • Scarves
  • Slippers
  • Calendars
  • Tea
  • Large-print puzzle books
  • Toiletries