How Does Meals on Wheels Determine Eligibility?


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Meals on Wheels determines eligibility on an individual basis, with priority given to individuals who are at least 60 years old and have a health condition that prevents them from shopping for or preparing their own meals. Younger persons with qualifying conditions are accepted as well.

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How Does Meals on Wheels Determine Eligibility?
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To begin the process of applying for the Meals on Wheels program, go to the Meals on Wheels America website and hover over the Sign Up tab. Click Get Started, then enter your ZIP code or city and state in the search box under Find Your Local Program. Click Search, and Meals on Wheels locations in your area show up on the map to your left, and a list of Meals on Wheels providers appears on the right. Click on the name of the program closest to you to view the agency's website and get details about the program, including availability and cost. Call or email the agency to learn how to apply.

Meals on Wheels programs are in place in nearly every city in the United States. The organization provides not only meals, but also companionship, transportation, pet-food deliveries and home repairs to many eligible participants. However, in areas where many seniors live in poverty and isolation, waiting lists for service are often long. According to 2012 data, 9.3 million Americans over the age of 60 struggle with hunger, 14.8 million are living alone, and 17.6 million have trouble paying for their basic needs.

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