Meals on Wheels helps homebound seniors who are unable to prepare their own meals. It can be an absolutely essential service for many older adults—providing a hot meal, a friendly visitor and someone to check in on them every weekday. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B helps support the Meals on Wheels program in six counties here in southeast Michigan (Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St Clair and Washtenaw).
Typically, Meals on Wheels are delivered Monday through Friday. With each delivery, people receive a lunch and, often, a dinner for later in the day. Many of our Meals on Wheels providers will provide frozen meals that can be eaten over the weekend. Meals on Wheels recipients are asked to make voluntary donation. (These donations help offset program costs.)
Meals are usually delivered by volunteers who often take a few minutes to talk with the seniors on their route. Sometimes the volunteers and seniors get to know each other quite well, and it can be nice for the senior to be able to count on seeing that volunteer every weekday. (Volunteers are well-vetted and must pass background checks.)
The program is available to people over 60. There are no financial eligibility requirements. Instead eligibility is based on whether or not someone can leave their home without assistance.
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B supports Meals on Wheels and senior dining programs in six counties in Southeast Michigan. We do not provide meals directly. We help fund the program and provide oversight for the program in the six counties we serve. We then contract with a network of trusted local organizations that provide the meals in their community.
If you’re interested in receiving Meals on Wheels for yourself or a loved one, contact the Meals on Wheels program in your community. They can tell you more about how the program works in your area and if you or your loved one might be eligible. If it looks as though you might qualify, the program will conduct an in-home assessment to confirm eligibility.
Livingston County Senior Nutrition Program
(888) 886-8971or (810) 632-2155
Macomb County Office of Senior Services
Living Independence for Everyone
Oakland County has several different organizations that provide home delivered Meals on Wheels. Please refer to the list below and contact the nutrition program directly.
City of Farmington Hills
Serves: Farmington and City of Farmington Hills
National Council of Jewish Women—Kosher Meals On Wheels
Serves: Oakland County
Older Persons’ Commission
Serves: Northeast Oakland County, including: Addison Township, Auburn Hills, Brandon Township, Clarkston, Independence Township, Lake Angelus, Leonard, Oakland Township, Orion Township, Oxford Township, Rochester and Rochester Hills
Pontiac Meals On Wheels
Waterford Senior Center
Serves: Waterford Township
Western Oakland County Meal On Wheels
Serves: Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Commerce Twp., Groveland, Highland, Holly, Keego Harbor, Lyon Township, Village of Milford, Milford Township, Northville, Novi, Orchard Lake, Rose Township, South Lyon, Springfield Township, Sylvan Lake, White Lake, Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, and Wixom. Individuals residing in this service area would call:
Also serves Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Franklin, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Royal Oak Township, Southfield, and Troy. Individuals residing in these locations call:
Bloomfield Township Senior Services
Serves Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills (Please note that this program is not funded or managed by the Area Agency on Aging 1-B. Western Oakland County Meals on Wheels serves Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township and receives funding and oversight from AAA 1-B)
St. Clair County
Council on Aging, Inc., serving St. Clair County
Washtenaw County has several different organizations that provide home delivered Meals on Wheels. Please refer to the list below and contact the nutrition program directly.
Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development
(Washtenaw County Meals on Wheels and Senior Cafe)
Serves: Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Milan and Whitmore Lake
Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels
Serves: City of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Township, Pittsfield Township, and Scio Township
Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels
Serves: City of Ypsilanti, Township of Ypsilanti, Augusta Township, Superior Township, eastern and central area of Pittsfield Township, and York Township
(800) 838-5832 or (734) 487-9669
The AAA 1-B also supports senior dining programs throughout the region. These programs provide a lunch on the weekdays for seniors who are 60 and older. These programs are usually held in community settings such as a senior centers, senior living facilities or churches. Seniors are asked to make a voluntary donation for the meal to help offset the cost. Spouses of those 60 and older can also participate in the program, regardless of their age.
Senior dining programs have many benefits other than providing a meal and good nutrition. These include getting out, socializing, and even having participants volunteer their own time. Senior dining programs are a great way to combat loneliness and make new friends.
Program times vary by location. For a complete list of congregate meal programs in your community, contact the Area Agency on Aging 1-B at (800) 852-7795.