Meals on Wheels

Who is Served?

Any homebound individual in Radford and Fairlawn who requests delivery of meals.  We do not ask anyone to explain or justify their need.  There is no fee.
Many of our recipients are elderly and living alone.  Many have difficulty walking or standing long enough without a walker to cook.  Some do have family, neighbors, or nursing aides who assist them.  In that case, the daily lunch not only benefits the recipient, but also provides some relief for the caregiver.  In addition, the delivery of a meal is a welcome opportunity for human contact for some individuals.

To request service: 

Call the Karen Jones, Meals on Wheels Coordinator at (540) 641-3883, or call the kitchen on weekdays between 8AM and 1PM at (540) 639-0290.

Recipients or caregivers should call us in advance when they will not need a meal. When that is not possible and no one answers the door, we do our best to locate the individual or a contact.

Meals on Wheels are delivered all weekdays, except New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and when the Radford City Public Schools close for hazardous weather.   Shelf Ready Emergency Meal boxes are provided to each Meals on Wheel neighbor for use on days when no prepared meals are delivered. Each emergency meal box includes non-perishable food items for at least two meals.  The box can easily be stored for up to one year.  Bobcats on Wheels partnership with Radford City Public Schools deliver meals on days when our kitchen is closed and conditions allow opening of their Warming Center at McHarg Elementary. 

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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