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 that are homebound because of illness, physical or mental impairment, who are unable to prepare food independently or who are otherwise isolated. Meal delivery schedule varies by area for the schedule in your community call Voluntary Action Center at 815.886.3630. 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 as 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 Oglesby, IL. The meals are then delivered about lunch time by VAC staff to seniors in LaSalle, Putnam and Bureau Counties.
Menus for the nutritious meals are approved by a Registered Dietitian. Nutrition assessments are completed on a regular basis to update nutritional needs. There is a monthly menu available so recipients know in advance 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 make a donation.
- 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 from the Voluntary Action Center’s membership drive.
VoluntaryAction Center receives Title III Older Americans Act funding and State of Illinois General Revenue Funds through the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging.