As of April 2015, Meals on Wheels suggests a donation of $3 per meal in regions such as Multnomah County, Oregon, and Solano County, California. In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the suggested donation is $3.75. Meals are sometimes are on a sliding scale, ranging from free to the full preparation price.
In some areas, Meals on Wheels also operates dining centers, where senior citizens can have a nutritious lunch for a suggested donation of about $3. The organization caters to a few specialized diets, including those that require low sodium, low cholesterol or diabetic options. In addition to good nutrition, the program allows seniors to have contact with others and receive regular safety checks.