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Haywood County Meals on Wheels provides a nutritious lunchtime meal to qualified individuals once per day, five days per week. Not only do we provide nutrition but also personal contact with recipients who may not otherwise have any contact with outside individuals. It provides assurance for family members who are unable to be with their loved ones on a daily basis.
Our program has been in existence since December 1st, 1975. Since then, the program has grown tremendously. What started as six meals delivered then, we now serve over 200 meals per day on 24 routes through Haywood County.
In order to qualify for the Meals on Wheels program in Haywood County, the individual must be 60 years of age or older, homebound, disabled and/or elderly and cannot prepare their meals for themselves or they do not have anyone who can prepare their meals for them. Also, live-in caregivers under 60 years of age may also be eligible to receive our meals if they are on full disability.
Meals on Wheels does not charge a fee for our services. The program is a part of the Haywood County Department of Social Services and is mainly funded by grants, private donations, the Haywood County Government and many local churches and civic organizations. We send quarterly opportunity letters to give those who wish to donate to the cost of their meal a chance to voluntarily do so. Some individuals can and do choose to pay for the full cost of their meals which is currently $6.50 per meal.
Donations are always gladly accepted and qualify as tax-deductible as we are a tax-exempt organization. You may also get involved by volunteering to deliver meals. All it takes is about two hours per week to help feed those in need.
You can call the Program Coordinator at 828-356-2442.
HoursMonday through Friday8 a.m. to 5 p.m.