The process for signing up for Meals on Wheels varies based on the applicant's location and the local program associated with the services. The cost can also vary, as payment can be based on a sliding fee scale or there could be no cost at all.
The official Meals on Wheels America website states that individuals can begin the application process by contacting the local program in their community. Local programs are located by entering a zip code in the "Find Meals" box on the Meals on Wheels America website, or by viewing the map of available programs. Social workers or physicians can also refer applicants. Once the application is started the program conducts an assessment of the applicant's need for assistance.
Meals on Wheels typically offers services for adults that are over the age of 60 who have diminished mobility that makes it difficult to prepare meals or shop for groceries. However, the organization does state that the age requirements can vary based on the community program providing the service.
Meals on Wheels does state that no senior citizen can be denied a meal through the service simply due to inability to pay, but a recipient may be asked to voluntarily contribute towards the meal's cost. The organization also states that waiting lists or denial of applications may occur due to the lack of resources available for the program.