Westlake Meals on Wheels celebrates 40 years of service

“Meals on Wheels” is a commonly used term for a variety of meal delivery programs nationwide. Although all such programs serve to address the epidemic of elderly malnutrition, each varies in the population served, types of meals provided, fees, delivery methods or sources of funding.

Westlake Meals on Wheels has been providing a vital service in the Westlake community since 1975 thanks to the generosity of a team of more than 60 weekly volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to those who find it difficult to shop for or prepare food on their own. Funding for Westlake Meals on Wheels comes from generous personal and corporate donations that subsidize the reasonable fees assessed to recipients. Westlake Meals on Wheels receives no federal, state or local government funding.

For less than the cost of fast food, home meal delivery can be arranged for Westlake residents affected by health or aging issues by calling 440-871-2551 from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays to set up an intake interview. Five-day-a-week meal delivery service provides both a hot meal and a cold meal in one delivery each day. Doctor’s orders for special meals can be accommodated through St. John Medical Center.

Westlake Meals on Wheels provides more than daily nutrition to those who are ill, elderly, disabled, homebound or convalescing. Daily contact by regular, committed volunteer drivers provides peace of mind to family members and loved ones. Our caring volunteers come to know what is normal for our recipients and concerns are reported to family members or listed contacts.

Caring contact combined with daily nutrition equates to prolonged independence. Trends in improved life expectancy and growing nursing care costs have increased the population of Americans who are opting to live independently and remain in their own homes much later in life. Services such as Westlake Meals on Wheels facilitate greater quality of life during periods of limited independence.

If you would like to support or learn more about Westlake Meals on Wheels please visit westlakemealsonwheels.org or call 440-871-2551.

Volunteers are always needed to assist with meal preparation, baking or meal delivery. Currently we are seeking volunteer bakers and drivers.

Monetary donations can be made to recognize, memorialize or celebrate important people or events. All monetary donations are tax deductible and can be made by check or credit card via PayPal on our website.

Westlake Meals on Wheels is a preparation unit of West Shore Meals on Wheels, a registered IRS nonprofit 501(c)3. West Shore Meals on Wheels kitchens also serve Fairview Park and Rocky River residents. 

Wendi Schwartz

Westlake Meals on Wheels Development Chair

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