About The Program
Meals on Wheels of Mercer County provides daily, home-delivered meals to individuals who are homebound and/or unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves. These “meals-on-wheels” are delivered by volunteers five days per week, and may include weekend meals. The meals are prepared at ARC Mercer, by 180 Ewingville Road, Ewing by Touch of Taste Catering, and up to two meals per day are available.
Meals are delivered once daily by volunteers. Participants receive their meals between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Participants are asked to remain home during these hours for delivery – meals normally come at approximately the same time each day, but may vary occasionally. If a participant is not home or does not answer the door, volunteers will not leave a meal. Instead, a “Sorry We Missed You Note” is left, indicating that volunteers attempted to deliver a meal but there was no response. Meals on Wheels of Mercer County staff are notified and will follow up with the client and/or their emergency contact person. No further meals are delivered until the participant contacts our office. In this way, we make sure our participants are safe and thriving in their homes.
Meal Menu Options
Menus rotate on a four week cycle (monthly), and are subject to change at the discretion of Touch of Taste Catering. Menus vary in daily selections, with dishes that appeal to a wide array of palates that include ethnic and cultural variety such as Italian, Latino, German, Asian, and American!
Meal Plan options
1 hot meal (includes meat/pasta and 2 sides) and one cold bag (includes milk, bread, salad, dessert)
1 Meal Plan plus a larger cold bag (includes additional milk, dessert/vegetable, sandwich) [one hot meal; one large bag with client last name on them]
Therapeutic diets (renal, no leafy greens, lactose intolerant, chopped, pureed, etc) are available by physician order only. We also provide limited vegetarian options. We are only able to accommodate protein preference requests (meats, fish, eggs, etc) and we cannot accept clients with life threatening food allergies.
More Than a Meal
In addition to home-delivered meals, Meals on Wheels of Mercer County provides the following to our meal recipients:
- Nonperishable Groceries
Once each month, Meals-on-Wheels participants receive a bag of non-perishable items (canned vegetables, fruits, salmon/tuna, soup, juice; cold cereal; potato flakes, etc). These items are courtesy of Meals on Wheels of Mercer County through our partnership with the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank as the food comes from the USDA program , the State Food Purchase Program (participants qualify based on residency in State of New Jersey).
- “Blizzard Bags”
A "blizzard bag" is a meal in a 'zip lock' bag that is delivered to participants during the winter months in case of inclement weather that may close our office so participants may have a meal on hand in case of an emergency when we are unable to deliver.
- Nutrition Counseling
Nutrition counseling is available free of charge to the most vulnerable of our participants. If they are identified at initial assessment, they will be contacted by our dietitian for follow-up to ensure they will be eating properly.
- Weekend Meals
Meals on Wheels of Mercer County distributes weekend meals on Fridays to a limited number of participants. If you are interested, you need to be receiving meals during the week. Please contact our office if you are interested.
- Pet Food
We delivery weekly, specialized pet food bags prepared by Cause4Paws, for our participants who own furry companions! Meals on Wheels of Mercer County recognizes the importance of these family members in the lives of many of our participants.
- Nutrition Education/Informational Handouts
Once a quarter, Meals on Wheels of Mercer County will distribute information about good nutrition, other senior programs in Trenton/Ewing area, health/safety tips, etc. to our participants. This is to ensure they are mindful of good eating habits, and that they can avail themselves of other services in the community.
The Books on Wheels (BOW) program is a partnership with the Trenton Public Library to distribute library books to our Trenton participants. Participants become card carrying members of the library and have books delivered to them by our volunteers.
- Holiday Meals
For participants who will be alone on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, an extra meal is provided ahead of time to ensure they have a meal on those special holidays.