Henry Street’s Healthy Seniors Select Meals on Wheels program delivers approximately 1,000 fresh and frozen meals every weekday to homebound Manhattan residents to help them stay healthy and independent in their own homes.
This program is vitally important because many seniors have little to no access to nutritious meals. They are often too frail or have health complications that prevent them from preparing meals for themselves or from using Henry Street’s Good Companions Senior Center where lunch and dinner are served on-site.
Meals on Wheels insures that older New Yorkers receive nutritionally balanced meals. Six meals are delivered weekly, Monday through Friday; a “weekend” meal is delivered on Friday.
Individuals age 60 and above can receive home-delivered meals if they are:
- Homebound and incapacitated due to accident, illness, or physical or mental frailty;
- Isolated due to lack of family, friend or neighbor support;
- Unable to prepare meals because of the inability to shop or cook, lack of facilities, lack of money to purchase food, or special dietary considerations that cannot be met another way.
- Live in Community Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 or 6 in Manhattan.
Healthy Seniors Select Meals on Wheels is funded by the New York City Department for the Aging and Citymeals-on-Wheels. It is operated in collaboration with University Settlement, United Jewish Council of the LES, the Chinese American Planning Council and Encore Community Services.