Meals on Wheels
For Peoria and Surrounding Areas
We are a member of the Meals on Wheels America.
The Meals on Wheels program is funded, in part, by a grant from the United Way.
WHO WE ARE: Meals On Wheels for Peoria and surrounding cities.
WHAT WE DO: Meals On Wheels provides a nutritious meal for people who are unable to prepare their own meal. The Meals On Wheels program is much more than delivering a hot meal at noon. It's about care and concern and help that extends far beyond the noon hour. The program participants are people you know. They are your next door neighbor, your mother, your father, your aunt, your uncle, your grandmother, your grandfather or it could be YOU some day. The Meals On Wheels program also provides security as each participant knows "their" driver will be at the door each day, no matter how brief the visit or how bad the weather. There is comfort in such routine, especially when the driver may be the only person the participants talk to the entire day.
WHERE WE DELIVER: Meals on Wheels are delivered to eligible participants in the City of Peoria, Peoria County and portions of Tazewell County..
WHEN WE DELIVER: Depending on where they live participants are on a 3 or 5 day delivery schedule. People on a 3 day schedule receive 2 meals each on Monday and Wednesday and 1 on Friday. Meals are delivered mid-day. People who are eligible for evening or weekend meals receive them with lunch delivery.
WHERE WE RECEIVE FUNDING: The Meals On Wheels program has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the Heart of Illinois United Way, the Central Illinois Agency on Aging, FEMA, DHS, participant donations, private donations, and private pay participants. Donations from participants are encouraged though not required. We also rely on the generosity of our friends and neighbors to help fund this program.
DID YOU KNOW?
- More than 1,000,000 meals have been delivered since 1971.
- Meals are available for persons under 60 years of age with a medical condition.
- Meal participants also receive: social contact, educational materials, newspapers & pet food (if needed).
- Last year we prepared and delivered 179,814 meals to seniors and those with disabilities in their homes. Another 17,755 meals were prepared and served at congregate sites to seniors in Peoria and Tazewell Counties
WHAT YOU CAN DO: If you know of someone in need of a nutritious meal, please call us at 674-1131.
Meals On Wheels Wish List
- Paper plates
- Brown bags
- Coffee, Creamer and Sugar
All of the Peoria House programs have a wish list of needed materials you can contribute. Call us at (309) 674-1131 to find out how to help. Thank you!
Meal deliveries benefit seniors, report says
"In a randomized, controlled trial commissioned by Meals on Wheels America, a Brown University public health researcher found that home-delivered meals provide health and psychological benefits to seniors beyond basic nutrition."
Excellent article on the importance of Meals on Wheels for seniors.