Human Services

Director: Jennifer Johnson


Meals on Wheels
Fighting Hunger And Isolation...One Meal At A Time.

What is Meals on Wheels?

The Meals on Wheels Program provides nutritious, noontime meals to senior citizens, age 60 and older, who have difficulty leaving their home unassisted and who are unable to prepare their own meals.

Skagit County is one of the few programs in Washington State that still delivers hot, nutritious meals to seniors in the community. By using only the freshest ingredients, meals are prepared each delivery day at our central kitchen and are distributed at lunchtime by volunteers. These deliveries provide daily one-on-one contact that many seniors look forward to every day.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a home-delivered meal, individuals must be 60 years of age or older, have difficulty leaving the home unassisted and be unable to prepare meals for themselves because of limited physical activity, physiological or mental impairment, or lack the knowledge or skills to select and prepare nourishing and well-balanced meals. There is no financial criteria in order to receive Meals on Wheels.

Meals are provided on a donation basis only and no one is denied a meal if unable to donate. Currently, our suggested donation is $3.50 per meal. All donations are confidential. Individuals who are 60 years of age or older that do not meet this criteria are welcome to enjoy the same meal at any local senior center or meal site.

Skagit County citizens:

  • 60 years of age and over, their spouses, or disabled dependents
  • unable to leave their home without assistance
  • unable to prepare nutritious meal

Locations

We serve our home delivered meals to all of Skagit County. Hot meal delivery is available in many locations; however, frozen meals can be delivered on a weekly basis to outlying and more rural areas. Please contact us for more information on specific delivery areas.

Hot & Frozen Meals

We provide hot and frozen home-delivered meals. Each meal includes an entree; rice, potato or noodles; vegetable; bread and an 8 oz. serving of 1% milk. The hot meals also include a dessert. Fruit is included in several of the meals. Each meal meets one-third of the recommended daily allowances for nutrients.
Hot meals are best if eaten soon after delivery, or they can be refrigerated and reheated later in the day as an evening meal. Frozen meals can be heated in an oven or microwave.

How do I sign up?

If you are looking for meal delivery services for yourself or a loved one, please contact the Meals on Wheels program directly at (360) 416-1500.

Meal delivery will start within 1-2 days after signing up and within 2-3 weeks, a representative from the Nutrition Program will visit your home to see if the meals are meeting your needs and if other services are desired.

Delivery

Meals are delivered by senior volunteers according to a regular schedule. Delivery days vary by town. If you live outside our delivery area, a friend or relative can pick up a week's worth of frozen meals at the nearest senior center.

Donations

The suggested donation is $3.50 per meal. Your contributions are very important to the program. Donations are confidential and no one will be denied meals due to the inability to donate. Donations may be made with cash, check or food stamps.

Other Services

Congregate Lunch Meals

Our “Congregate or Senior Center Meal” Program provides hot noontime meals to seniors who are able to leave their homes and join others at designated meal sites. Seniors dining at a nutrition site are able to socialize with others and participate in organized activities.

Liquid Meals

A “Liquid Meal Replacement” Program is available for seniors with special dietary needs. A liquid meal is a nutrient dense source of calories intended for seniors who are underweight or cannot eat properly due to illness or disability.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Skagit Senior Nutrition Program relies heavily on volunteers to run daily operations. For more information on volunteering, please call (360) 416-1500.


“I enjoy Meals on Wheels very much. They seem to be very healthy, and they taste good too. I really look forward to them and also to the nice people who deliver them. It seems to be the highlight of my day. I am grateful.”
Fran S.



“I really don’t know how I could get along without my Meals on Wheels. Most of them are very tasty and satisfying. Can’t say enough about how wonderful the volunteers who deliver them are. Thanks to all of you.”
Ruby T.

“Meals on Wheels means a lot to me. When I finish my morning routines, I have no strength
to plan a noon meal. I look forward to the smiling faces at the door with a warm, tasty meal. The meals are very good, the drivers courteous.
I am thankful for this service.”
Irene H.

Interested in donating to Meals on Wheels?
Send your contributions to:

Skagit Council on Aging
PO Box 693
Mount Vernon, WA
98273

 

Meals on Wheels is funded through various sources, including, client donations, the Federal Older Americans Act, the US Department of Agriculture, SCSA, Skagit County and Cities, United Way of Skagit County, fundraising events and donations from various organizations. We provide services and employment on a non-discriminatory basis and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.