Meals on Wheels

Who is Served?

Any home-bound individual in the City of Radford or Fairlawn community who requests meal delivery. We don't ask anyone to explain or justify their need. There is no fee. 


Many of recipients are elderly and living alone. Many have difficulty walking or standing long enough to safely cook meals in their home.  Some do have family, neighbors or aides to assist them. In that case the daily lunch not only benefits the recipient but also offers the caregiver a bit of relief.  The delivery of a meal by a friendly neighbor provides a welcome social contact for some individuals. 

To Request Service:

Call Karen Jones, Meals on Wheels Coordinator 

at 540-641-3883

or call the kitchen at 540-838-2210 to request service. Please leave your name and a phone number where you can be reached. 

Meals are delivered each week-day, Monday-Friday, except New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day,Christmas Day and when Radford City Public Schools are closed due to hazardous weather.

Bobcats on Wheels, a partnership with Radford City Public Schools, will deliver meals from their Warming Center when they are able to operate during hazardous weather closings.

Recipients or caregivers should make every effort to contact us in advance when they will not need meal delivery. When no one answers the door to receive a scheduled meal delivery we do our best to reach the individual or their primary contact to trigger a safety check.


Meals

We cook one meal each week day.  Diverse dietary preferences cannot be accommodated with donated food.  We do not add salt to dishes prepared in the kitchen, however some canned or packaged items included may already contain salt.  Fresh or canned fruit is sometimes available. 

Examples of meals are:

- Chicken on whole wheat bread with gravy, mashed potatoes, greens.
- Spaghetti with meat sauce, roll, fresh garden salad, fruit.

Homebound individuals 60 years or older who prefer meals meeting nutritional standards may wish to contact the New River Valley Agency on Aging, another provider of homebound meals which meet strict nutritional requirements. 

Volunteer Activities

Volunteers typically either work in the kitchen to prepare the meals or pick up and deliver the meals.

A Typical Day:
8-9:30am
Kitchen volunteers help cook the meals
9:30-10 
Kitchen volunteers load hot food into carryout trays and seal them with plastic film.
10-10:30
Volunteer drivers arrive, check meals available against a list of recipients, and load the meals into their cars.
10-Noon
Volunteers deliver meals on their route.  Each day there are 3 routes with about 10-14 deliveries per route.  If no one answers, we will call contacts to try to locate the individual.

It is up to the volunteers and the recipients if they choose to chat for a while when meals are delivered.

We do not deliver meals when Radford City Public Schools are closed due to hazardous weather.

Contact Us to Volunteer.

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