Meals Express is the home-delivered meals program for individuals who don’t meet the traditional criteria. Meals Express is great as a respite for involved families, for those on bed rest, for those recovering from surgery, for those with a specific nutritional need and even for people who just want healthy nutritious meals.
The program holds a number of benefits:
Clients may receive two meals a day—a hot lunch and cold supper—both delivered during the lunch hour. These meals provide 2/3 of the daily recommended nutrition for a senior. In addition to the nutritious, delicious food, clients enjoy conversations and companionship with a caring FeedMore WNY volunteer.
Anybody over the age of 18 who lives in the Meals on Wheels service area can participate in Meals Express.
Meals Express currently costs $13 per day for two meals (a hot lunch and cold dinner), which includes delivery. A two-week, non-refundable deposit is due prior to the beginning of service.
Getting our meal recipients the food that best fits their needs is the top priority at FeedMore WNY. For that reason, a number of menu options are available. They include:
Applying for, and starting to receive our service, is simple. All you have to do is fill out the form in the blue area below, or call our intake department at (716) 822-2002, Monday through Friday, anytime between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Be prepared to provide the following information:
FeedMore WNY Social Workers will then work with the applicant or caregiver to arrange for meal service to begin. Most recipients receive their first meals within a day or two of assessment. More specific information on this will be provided when you call to apply. All efforts will be made to provide meal delivery service as soon as possible.
For our most vulnerable, long-term clients, FeedMore WNY provides meals seven days a week—including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays when the agency is closed. A dietitian will assess whether weekend and holiday meals are needed. For those clients who receive them, weekend meals are delivered frozen on Thursday with the recipients’ regular delivery.
Each fall, FeedMore WNY reminds its Meals on Wheels clients to stock up on emergency foods for the winter months. “Blizzard Boxes” are also assembled, containing a one-day supply of canned goods. The boxes are delivered to participants who are at highest risk and to police stations throughout our service area. In the rare event that Meals on Wheels service is cancelled due to a severe storm, the police assist in delivering the “Blizzard Boxes.”
Q: What communities does FeedMore WNY's Meals on Wheels program serve?
A: Our delivery area encompasses the City of Buffalo and most of the surrounding areas, including: Akron, Angola, Blasdell, Boston, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Colden, Concord, Depew, Derby, East Aurora, Eden, Elma, Evans, Farnham, Hamburg, Holland, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Marilla, Newstead, Orchard Park, Sardinia, Sloan, South Wales, Springville, and West Seneca. If you live outside of our service area, we can refer you to the closest/most convenient Meals on Wheels agency.
Q: How are meals delivered?
A: Getting 3,600 meals out to hungry recipients in a timely fashion each and every day is not as easy as the agency makes it look! The process begins bright and early each morning, as the day's meals, expertly planned by FeedMore WNY's dietitians, are cooked and assembled fresh at the agency's commissary. The meals are packed in cold chests and ovens, then driven out to each of the organization's 25 meal-delivery sites across WNY. Several hundred dedicated volunteers take over from there, each delivering meals to 10-12 individuals per day around lunch time.
Q: How is your program funded?
A: FeedMore WNY's Meals on Wheels program is a private, not-for-profit agency and has been certified by the Meals on Wheels Association of America. A majority of its funding comes from government grants and private contributions (63 percent). Another 25 percent of its operating budget comes from recipients’ voluntary contributions. The Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY provides additional support through its fundraising activities.
Q: What meals are provided?
A: A hot meal at midday and a cold meal for supper are delivered five days a week, Monday through Friday, between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Both regular meals and special-diet meals are specially designed to meet the participant’s dietary needs as prescribed by a physician. The hot midday meal contains meat or an alternate, two vegetables or juice, bread, dessert and milk. The cold supper is a sandwich or cold plate, salad or juice, dessert and milk. As mentioned, all meals are prepared fresh on a daily basis.
Q: Are there days that service is not available?
A: All clients are eligible for Monday through Friday delivery. Vulnerable clients are eligible for weekend meals (see section above). FeedMore WNY closes only for the six major holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. A process is in place to make sure that vulnerable clients receive holiday meals prior to a closure.
All home-delivered clients with pets are eligible to receive free pet food once a month through the AniMeals program. This helps ensure that clients’ furry friends are cared for and that clients can enjoy the benefits of a pet companion. If interested, ask about AniMeals during enrollment.
Medical personnel—Please visit our secure site to refer clients here.
Caregivers or prospective clients—Complete and submit this form. You will be contacted within 24 business hours of submission to continue the enrollment process. Note that you must complete one application per person who needs meals.
This form is secure, and FeedMore WNY makes every effort to maintain that security and ward against technological issues. However, you do enter information at your own risk. If you do not wish to enter your information electronically, please call the office at 716-822-2002.