• Services

  • Eligibility

    A person must be substantially homebound due to physical or mental conditions, and must be unable to shop and/or prepare meals for themselves.

    Meals

    Our meals are prepared by Northampton Meals on Wheels.  For more information about their specific program, visit www.mealsonwheelspa.org . They are part of the Better Fresh Project, which supports local farms by purchasing produce, much of which is organic and pesticide-free. In addition, fresh foods help boost the nutrition and improve the taste of the meals.

    On delivery days, meals typically arrive between 10 am and 1 pm. Meals are not delivered Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Under certain circumstances, special requests may be accommodated for those who require meals on these holidays.

             Regular, 5-day program:

            A hot meal and a cold bagged meal are delivered Monday thru Friday.

             Route 9 (Pocono Summit area):

            Meals are delivered Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Meals for Monday are delivered on
            Friday with the hot meal in a frozen state, and the meals for Monday
            are delivered on Tuesday.

             Frozen once-a-week program (Tobyhanna, Pocono Summit, and West End):

            Five or ten frozen meals are delivered once a week along with a bag of fresh       
            food, such as bread, milk, and fruit.

             Weekend program:

            Meals are available for the weekend in the form of two frozen meals delivered on
            Thursdays and two extra cold bagged meals delivered on Fridays. This program can
            supplement any program except the frozen once-a-week program.

             Emergency Bags:

    We provide Emergency Bags beginning in October to all Agency on Aging and PDA Waiver clients.  Private pay clients can opt out of this program.  These bags are to be used during inclement weather when our drivers are unable to deliver.  Once winter weather has stopped, we provide an additional bag during the summer in case of power outages.  An emergency bag costs the same as one meal and typically contains the following: a 9 oz. shelf stable entree, a 7.25 oz. can of low sodium soup, 2 packets instant nonfat dry milk, a 6 oz. juice box, a 5.5 oz. can of V8 low sodium juice, a 3 oz. can of solid white albacore tuna, a 3.9 oz. cup of applesauce, a 4 oz. can of fruit, a cup of sugar-free pudding, 2 packets of crackers, and a packet of light mayonnaise.  Private pay clients may opt out of this program.

    Here's what we are serving this month. The kitchen may make food substitutions for special diets.  These substitutions will not be listed on the menu.

    Diets

    Our meals follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) “Choose My Plate” meal planning tool and comply with the Pennsylvania Department of Aging nutrition guidelines for home delivered meals. A registered dietician assists in the meal planning. Each meal provides a minimum of 1/3 of the Dietary Reference Intakes for nutrients. With a maximum daily average over one week, each two-meal unit is restricted in sodium (less than 1,800mg in 2 meals maximum daily average over one week), contains less than 35% of calories from fat, and provides 1,200 to 1,500 calories. The menu is planned to provide balanced nutrition in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

    Two meals will include the following:    

    Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs &/or Nuts ……….. 2 servings

    Vegetables Group …………………………………………………. 2-4 servings

    Fruit Group ……………………………………………………….…. 2-4 servings

    Bread, Cereal, Rice, & Pasta Group …………………………. 2-4 servings

    Diet Choices

                Regular: 1,200 to 1,500 calories. Recommended for those with no dietary restrictions.

                Soft-chopped: Recommended for those with trouble chewing.
               Equivalent to the regular diet and includes chopped meats. 
               Other hard-to-chew items may be chopped, but not pureed.

                Diabetic:  Equivalent to the regular diet, and utilizes carbohydrate exchanges.
               Provides a maximum of 75g of carbohydrates per meal.

                Renal: 1,200 to 1,500 calories. Recommended for those with renal disease.
               This diet does not limit protein. Sodium is restricted to a maximum daily average of
               1,800mg over one week for two meals. Phosphorus and potassium are limited by eliminating
               food items like dairy, tomato products, potatoes, oranges, bananas, raisins and cantaloupes.

                Pureed – Recommended for those with chewing or swallowing problems.
               Equivalent to the regular diet; however the food is modified to a smooth, pudding-like consistency.  

                Food Restrictions: Most food allergies can be accommodated. We are unable to serve vegetarian,
               gluten-free, or kosher meals at this time; however, we can refer you to food services that offer these
               choices and will deliver to your home via FedEx or other commercial delivery service.
               Some food preferences can also be accommodated but due to kitchen requirements,
               these cannot be extensive.

    Cost

    Clients with personal incomes more than $20,000/year pay $13.34 per day for two meals. Clients with personal incomes less than $20,000/year pay on a sliding scale, as determined by our caseworker. These prices are subject to change. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits may be used to pay for meals. If you need assistance signing up for SNAP, we can help.

    Fill out our email form for more information.


    Pet Meals

    For many of our clients, pets offer 24/7 companionship. A pet may be the only “family” a client has.

    Pets provide significant health benefits for elderly, homebound, and socially isolated individuals. Older adults with pets tend to have better physical and mental health than those without pets. Other studies suggest elderly pet owners have significantly lower blood pressure and healthier cholesterol and triglyceride levels than those without pets. Pets help to alleviate the effects of social isolation among the homebound: They help the homebound overcome loneliness by giving companionship and affection, supply a sense of security and protection, relieve stress and anxiety, and are an excellent source of unconditional love.

    In January 2009, we began providing pet food to clients needing assistance feeding their pets. The program arose after volunteers began reporting clients were sharing their Meals on Wheels food with their pets, thereby compromising their own nutrition and good health. Currently our volunteers graciously deliver food to 22 dogs and 30 cats on a monthly basis. We typically can provide one to two weeks’ supply of dog and cat food, sometimes more depending on our current stores of donated pet food. 

    Continuation of these deliveries depends on community support and donations. Financial donations for pet food should be so designated. We ask for unopened canned or dry dog or cat food that is not expired.  Cans should not be dented and bags should not have holes. Food can be dropped off Monday – Friday from 10 AM to 3:30 PM, or call the office to arrange for pickup.

    If you wish to conduct a pet food drive on our behalf,
    contact Stacey Koeck at SKoeck@monroemeals.org or 570.424.8794.

    You must be a current Meals on Wheels client to participate in this program.

    Our greatest need is for cat food and cat litter.