About Meals on Wheels
The Meals on Wheels Program in LaSalle, Putnam, and Bureau Counties provides nutritious meals to older adults and others in need who are homebound because of illness, physical or mental impairment, unable to prepare food independently, or otherwise isolated. Meal delivery schedule varies by area; for the schedule in your community, call Voluntary Action Center at 815.883.3630. The Meals on Wheels driver delivers the meals and makes personal contact with each client to ensure their safety and well-being.
The Meals on Wheels program has been a part of Voluntary Action Center since 2003. The program delivers about 70,000 meals each year. The meals are prepared in Voluntary Action Center’s central kitchen in LaSalle, IL. The meals are then delivered at about lunchtime by VAC staff to seniors in LaSalle, Putnam, and Bureau Counties.
A Registered Dietitian approves menus for the nutritious meals. Nutrition assessments are completed regularly to update nutritional needs. A monthly menu is available so recipients know what will be served. Meals for special events, such as a monthly birthday meal recognizing those who have birthdays that month, holidays, and recognition days such as Memorial Day, are also noted on our menu. Meals are provided on a donation schedule based on income. No senior is refused a meal for inability or unwillingness to donate.
- Kathy Buckley, Program Director
- Jennifer Schrader, Meals on Wheels Coordinator
Funding for the Meals on Wheels program is received from state and federal grants, local government, user donations, United Ways, charitable foundations, and the Voluntary Action Center’s membership drive.
The Voluntary Action Center receives Title III Older Americans Act funding and State of Illinois General Revenue Funds through the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging. To Make Reservations for Meals on Wheels, please call: 815.883.3630