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Pictured above are three MOWLR volunteers picking up hot meals to be delivered to the clients.

About Meal Delivery

Daily meals are delivered to the client’s door by trained volunteers, who are often the only people our clients see on a daily basis. Meal recipients also receive a week’s supply of milk and orange juice. Diets are prepared under the supervision of a professional nutritionist. There are several Meals on Wheels organizations throughout the State of Delaware (and several thousand nationwide). Our statewide agencies have no corporate affiliation with one another but are all under contract with the State of Delaware, Delaware Health and Social Services, and the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). DSAAPD is the primary source of program funding and the provider of coordinated supervision and uniformity in regulatory administration for all of the Delaware agencies.

The Areas We Serve

Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth serves residents located in Lewes, Rehoboth, Dewey Beach, Harbeson, and outlying county roads. Referrals may be made by doctors, heath care organizations, relatives, friends or other individuals. We currently have 15 different routes and serve over 250 clients, with steadily increasing numbers.

Please contact us to see if we’re available in your area.

Client Health

All recipients of MOWLR services are also visited by Social Workers and a Registered Dietitian to note any apparent change in the client’s health or living conditions and to verify their eligibility for continued meal deliveries. This is required by state authorities.

All information obtained by the MOWLR trained staff is held in the strictest of confidence.

Emergency Meal Kits

Our clients also receive emergency meal kits in case of bad weather so that they never have to worry about being without food, even in emergency situations. These kits are shelf stable, which allows for our clients to get through any type of bad weather, including snow storms or hurricanes, until our volunteer drivers can get back on the road safely, and to our home-bound clients.

Eligibility For Meal Delivery

All clients are visited by our Social Workers and Registered Dietitian periodically to note any changes in the client’s health, and to verify their eligibility status for continued meal deliveries.

The following situations apply for eligibility:

  • Home-bound due to illness or disability
  • Recent hospital release
  • Unable to provide and/or prepare nutritious meals
  • Isolation
  • Bedridden
  • Handicapped
  • Age 60 and above

Referrals can be made by hospitals, physicians and/or concerned citizens.

Our Intake and Referral Application is now online! Click here to download it.

You may also download, print, and mail/fax/drop it off! Click here for our contact information.

Cost of Meals

Meal recipients of Meals on Wheels incur no obligatory charges but are informed of the cost of the meals and are asked to agree to a reasonable and regular voluntary contribution as their income allows.

In addition to the contributions of the meal recipients, MOWLR is funded by various sources including:

  • Federal Government
  • State of Delaware
  • Sussex County Council
  • Grant in Aid
  • Meals on Wheels Delaware
  • United Way of Delaware
  • Our Annual Golf Tournament
  • Local churches & civic groups
  • Annual mail appeal to private citizens
  • Contributions by its own volunteers
  • Occasional foundation grants to fund office equipment, etc.

There is a misconception throughout the state that Eastern Sussex County is populated with only wealthy retirees, who remain forever youthful and healthy. Unfortunately, this is not so. Even a more than modest retirement account can be wiped out almost overnight when catastrophic and/or chronic illness comes to call. If you were to compare the cost of institutionalization with the cost of providing home delivered meals, you will surely see that the Meals on Wheels program is a cost effective alternative.

If you or a loved one are receiving meals and would like to contribute toward their cost, please click here to refer you or them to our services.

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