Frequently Asked Questions

Read below for the answers to some frequently asked questions about our Meals on Wheels Rowan program.  Additional information about our program, how to volunteer and how to donate can be accessed from the main menu. Contact us through the Contact Us page or call 704-633-0352 if you have additional questions.

Q. Who is eligible for home-delivered meals?

  • Rowan County Citizens
  • Homebound Seniors over 60 years of age 
  • Homebound Disabled Citizens over 21 years of age (must be certified as disabled by the Social Security Administration) 
     

Q. What do you mean by homebound?

We describe homebound individuals as those who cannot leave their homes except for medical, pharmacy and essential trips.  They may be unable to grocery shop.  Rarely do homebound individuals drive.  It is difficult for homebound individuals to stand at all or for long enough to prepare a nutritious meal for themselves.
 


Q. What if my friend or family member has a caregiver?  Are they eligible?

Individuals who have caregivers during the day who have the duty of preparing meals are not eligible for Meals on wheels.
 


Q. Can I refer a family member to Meals on Wheels if I am a family caregiver and cannot be at home during the day to prepare a meal for my loved one?

Yes, you can refer your family member to Meals on Wheels.
 


Q. Are home-delivered meals free?

No, we ask everyone to pay or contribute as they are able.

  • Currently, we reserve 83 spaces for individuals who need 100% subsidized meals.  These spaces fill quickly and if we "graduate" or lose a participant who moves into a facility, we fill each space as soon as possible with an eligible participant.
     

Q. Who prepares the meals?

Our food service provider is K&W Cafeteria.  Each meal must have less than 1300mg of sodium and a minimum of 700 calories.  The menu is approved by a registered dietitian.  The meals look appetizing and are tasty.  Fresh and fresh frozen foods are used as often as possible.
 


Q. Who delivers the meals?

When operating normally, volunteers deliver between 270 and 285 meals Monday-Friday.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, volunteers currently deliver a box of chilled meals each Monday and Thursday.

 


Q. How much does the home-delivered meals program cost?

The home-delivered meals program costs $9 per meal.
This includes:

  • Direct meal cost
  • Transportation to volunteer meal pick-up sites
  • Site Coordinators, Meal Coordinator, Care Coordinators and Program Director
  • Participant assessments, registration, and reassessment
  • Volunteer recruitment, orientation, and training
     

Q. Are home-delivered meals a good value?

Yes!  Where else can you buy a meat, two vegetables, two fruits, bread or dessert and a beverage for $9 and have it delivered?
 


Q. Does Meals on Wheels Rowan get any federal or state funding?

Meal on Wheels Rowan will receive approximately $59,000 in 2020-2021 from the Home Care Community Block Grant.  These are federal funds from the Older Americans Act that are matched at the state and county level by specified percentages.  According to the funding formula provided by North Carolina, $59,000 will provide 21 individuals with meals for a year. 
 


Q. Where does Meals on Wheels Rowan get the rest of their funding?

Meals on Wheels Rowan gets additional funding from individuals, foundation grants, church partners, businesses, and fundraising activities.
 


Q. How many people receive meals each day?

During normal operations, Meals on Wheels Rowan provides over 270 meals each Monday - Friday.  Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we currently deliver chilled meals each Monday and Thursday.
 


Q. Do you have a waiting list?

We have a waiting list from time to time.  Our 2020 budget can support 275 meals each weekday.  During the COVID-19 crisis, we are receiving additional grant funding so that we might help as many homebound seniors as possible.
 


Q. What will it take to serve more meals?

To serve more meals, we need to raise another $2,280 per person.  To serve 50 more people, we must raise $114,000 more than we have in our current budget.