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Well-Prepared Meals

All meals are low in salt, sodium, and fat. A regular meal consists of a hot entree, two vegetables, milk or juice, bread, salad, and either fruit or a dessert. A registered dietician works closely with the program to ensure that special diets are served are appropriate for the needs of the clients. (Click here for additional details on the 7 special diets offered.)

 


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Delivered by Caring Individuals

Meals are delivered between 10:30am and 1:30pm Monday through Friday. Someone must be home to accept the meal as they cannot be left un-refrigerated. Extra meals are to be refrigerated and reheated by the client or their caretaker.

The Result: More Peace of Mind

Home-delivered, hot meals ensure clients receive needed nutrition. Volunteer drivers also report observations about the client's health and well-being to administrative staff who are in frequent contact with clients and their caretakers. This provides emotional support and relief from depression and fear associated with isolation.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Am I eligible for Meals on Wheels?
A:
To be eligible for the program, you must reside in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, or Corrales.  We have no health or income requirements, but we do ask that you receive at least 2 meals per week to maintain service.

Q: How do I apply for Meals on Wheels?
A: You, a family member, or a professional caregiver may apply by telephone by calling Meals on Wheels at 505-823-8064 or email clients@mow-nm.org.  The application process takes approximately 15 minutes and requests information such as name, address, phone number, health status, etc. Certain information is required by the State of New Mexico, and all application information is kept confidential.

Q: How soon does meal service begin?
A: Home delivery to clients can usually start the next day or, at most, in two to three days.  Meals on Wheels delivers Monday - Friday, except on major holidays.

Q: Can you accommodate medical conditions that require a special diet?
A: We have 7 diet types: Regular/Heart Healthy, Diabetic, Soft/Bland, Renal/Dialysis, Vegetarian, Mechanical Soft, and  & Pureed.  Click here for a listing and description of all diets offered.  We also do our best to accommodate clients' preferences and dislikes.

Q: What is the cost?
A: Full-pay clients pay $6.30 per hot meal.  Service begins with the non-refundable purchase of ten meals, or $63.00, payable by check or credit card.  After payment of the initial 10 meals, clients are invoiced at the end of each month. The program requires a minimum order of two meals per week. Financial assistance may be available if meal costs represents a hardship.  Reduced pricing will depend on grant availability. Call the Meals on Wheels office at 823-8061 or e-mail pam-volunteer@mow-nm.org to find out about grant availability.

Q: What if my nutritional requirements change?
A:
We are happy to accommodate any changes in diet that you need. Please call 505-823-8064 and allow 1 business day to process the necessary changes.

Q: Do I have to live alone to receive Meals on Wheels?
A: No, you can live with family members or others.

Q: I have difficulty lifting things. Can the driver bring my meals inside?
A: Yes, they can even set up the meal for you by opening the containers if needed.

Q: Can the driver leave my meals if I have to go out?
A: Sorry, due to environmental health concerns, we cannot leave meals unattended or unrefrigerated.  You can prearrange to have the meal delivered to a neighbor if you are going to be away, but please let us know at least 1 day in advance by calling 505-823-8064.

Q: Can I suspend service for a couple of days without being cancelled from the program?
A: Yes, just let us know at least 1 day in advance on what days meals will not be needed and the date that you would like us to resume deliveries.

Q: Is Meals on Wheels available to me for only a limited time?
A: No, we are here when you need us for as long as you need us.