ARE YOU IN OUR DELIVERY AREA?

Our meal delivery area is the City of Erie, Lawrence Park, Harborcreek, North East, Millcreek, Fairview, Lake City, Girard, Waterford, and Edinboro. If you live outside these areas, you may qualify for our Grocery Shopping and Delivery Program. If you do, those who are homebound or unable to make their own meals should call us at (814) 452-6930
Our office hours are 8AM – 4PM Monday – Thursday and 8AM – Noon on Friday. Applying takes ten minutes and can be done right over the phone.

Find out about paying for meals with your credit card

OUR MEAL PROGRAMS

We have several programs serving different types of recipients.

Private Pay

For home bound seniors and persons with disabilities of any age with the ability to pay for their meals. These are folks who cannot make their own meals, might be recuperating from an injury or hospital stay, or have other reasons where making meals has become a hardship. Home delivered meals are a terrific respite for care givers, too. One of the major benefits of home delivered meals are our volunteers who meet our clients face to face each weekday.

Under 60 Adults With Disabilities

A no-cost meal program paid for by the PA Department of Human Services. These recipients are between the ages of 18 and 59 and must provide proof of income . Meals On Wheels Erie is the sole qualifier for these clients. Find out how you can qualify for these free meals.

Veterans In Need

A no-cost program paid for through the PA Veteran’s Trust Fund Grant, other grants,and donations. Recipients must be honorably discharged from military service and be either over age 60 or permanently disabled. Meals On Wheels Erie is the sole qualifier for these clients. Find out how you can qualify for these free meals.

WHATS IN A MEAL?

  • An entree consisting of a protein, a starch, and a vegetable is delivered chilled in a Ready-To-Heat (RTH), cellophane sealed tray.
  • A salad (leaf, cottage cheese, etc)
  • A dessert (cake, cookie, etc.)
  • 8 oz. of 2% milk

LECOM Senior Living Center prepares all meals for our Private Pay Program, our Under 60 Persons With Disabilities Program, and Veterans in Need Program.

Click here for a sample menu.

CHOOSE FROM TWO MEAL TYPES

Regular Meal and Diet Meal. In our Diet Meal, we use low or no sugar substitutes for desserts for our diabetic clients or those just wishing to cut down on their sugar intake. All meals are low-sodium.

TIME OF DELIVERY

Our caring volunteers deliver meals Monday through Friday anytime between 9:30 AM and Noon. You can save your meal for the evening by simply refrigerating and heating it up using an oven or microwave (container is oven and microwave safe). Instructions are affixed to the container.

HOLIDAY MEALS

We do not deliver on holidays (see the menu for a list of holidays). However, you will not go without a meal! We will deliver a frozen meal for the holiday on the weekday before. For instance, for a Monday holiday, we will deliver a frozen meal on the preceding Friday. For a Thursday holiday, we will deliver the weekday before. Frozen meals also contain all the regular fresh sides and milk.

FOOD SUBSTITUTIONS

If you have any food allergies or other food restrictions we will make (a reasonable number of) substitutions. For instance, we offer 2% milk every day but will substitute with juice for those who are lactose intolerant.

OPTIONAL ADD-ON LIGHT MEAL

For the heartier appetite or to stretch meals out, an optional Light Meal can be added to the main RTH meal and contains a cold sandwich, seasonal fresh fruit, and dessert.

OPTIONAL FROZEN WEEKEND MEALS

We offer frozen meals for the weekend and are delivered on Fridays. The protein/starch/vegetable portion is frozen and comes with reheating instructions. All other sides are fresh.

PRIVATE PAY PROGRAM

COST

Ready To Heat and frozen meals are $6.75 each; optional add-on Light Meals are $2.25 each. Your monthly invoice depends on the delivery frequency and days in the month. Delivery is free.  

YOUR BILL

We bill one month ahead on or about the 3rd of the month. For example, you would pay for November meals during the month of October.

Meal counts are based on the service days in the month and may change month to month.

PAYMENTS

  • Personal and business checks,
  • Bank bill pay,
  • Credit cards: VISA, Discover and Mastercard [with a 3% processing fee]
  • SNAP Access card [food stamps].

DUE DATE

We require payment be made prior to the first day of the calendar month. Your check is your receipt.

CANCELLATIONS AND CREDITS

We require 48 hours notice to cancel your meal without charge.

To cancel an upcoming meal, please call the office before 9AM at least 2 days prior. [a Monday cancelation requires a Thursday call, a Wednesday cancelation requires a Monday call, etc.]  You will be credited for canceled meals on your next month’s invoice. You may request a long hold for vacations or hospital/rehab stays.

Call (814) 452-6930 and sign up today.

UNDER Age 60 PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Program (no-cost meals)

For persons with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 59, the County Department of Human Services funds meals for those who qualify under the Human Service Development Fund of Pennsylvania:

  • You must be under 60 years of age.
  • You must prove low income within the HSDF guidelines.
  • You must be fully or partially, permanently, physically or mentally handicapped.
  • You must live alone. Or, you may reside with someone else who is also incapable of preparing meals.
  • You must not be a member of another program offering meals or meal preparation.
  • Meals On Wheels Erie is the sole qualifying agent. The Executive Director will interview the candidate in their home and ask additional questions required by the program to determine eligibility.

Frozen weekend meals are not available on this program.

Normally, this program runs at capacity. Call (814) 452-6930 to have your name and information put on our waitlist. 

UPMC Health Plan – Community Health Choices (Insurance Paid Meals)

For participants eligible for the PA Waiver Program and enrolled in UPMC Health Plan – Community Health Choices, Meals on Wheels Erie is a provider. Talk with your UPMC Service Coordinator to make the referral. Meal delivery service will begin with proper authorization from your Service Coordinatior.

Veterans In Need Meal Program (no-cost meals)

For Erie County Veterans who are over the age of 60 or permantly disabled, grants and donations have made this program possible. To qualify for this program:

  • You must be over the age of 60, homebound, and/or permanently disabled.
  • You must be able to supply proof of service (DD214).
  • You must live in Meals on Wheels Erie’s delivery area.
  • You must not be a member of another program offering meals or meal preparation.
  • You must be referred to Meals on Wheels Erie by a social service agency, Veteran’s advocacy group or hospital case manager.

All Veterans In Need meal program recipients will receive a Ready-to-Heat meal 7 days/week. This includes 2 frozen weekend meals delivered on Friday.  Currently, this program is running at capacity.

Call (814) 452-6930 to have your name and information put on our waitlist or to make a donation to this program.