This program, in cooperation with Meals on Wheels Office of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, delivers kosher meals to those in need.
Kosher Meals on Wheels are available to those people in our community who adhere to Kosher dietary requirements. The program serves those who are temporarily or permanently disabled and who require outside support in order to function independently at home.
Kosher Meals on Wheels provides adequate, well-balanced, home delivered meals to homebound people who are unable to shop for and unable to prepare meals for themselves.
The meals are prepared at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania under Kosher dietary guidelines. Meals may be meat or dairy and are based on a four-week menu cycle. Recipients may request 1 or 2 daily meals.
Kosher Meals on Wheels is able to accommodate most special diets, such as diabetic, low salt, low fat, chopped, etc.
The meals are fully cooked but are cold when delivered each day. The recipient can re-heat the meal in the oven or toaster oven after the lid is removed. The meal can also be transferred from the foil container to a microwave-safe plate for microwave heating.
Cost of the Meals
Kosher Meals on Wheels are provided at the cost of $6.00 per meal. Meal recipients are billed monthly by the Jewish Family Service.
Funding for meals may be available from the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging for senior citizens who have a lower income and meet the full guidelines. This determination is made by a care manager from the Area Agency on Aging.
There is also limited funding available from the Lackawanna County Human Service Development Fund for those under age 60 who are physically disabled.
Volunteers pick up the meals from the Jewish Home and deliver them to the homes of the meal recipients. Meals are delivered every day, Monday through Friday, usually between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Some recipients receive a Saturday meal, which is delivered on Friday. There are occasional changes in the delivery schedule for holidays or inclement weather. Recipients are notified of these changes. Recipients must be home to receive meals.
If you are interested in receiving Kosher Meals on Wheels, simply contact Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania at (570) 344-1186. The Coordinator of Older Adult Services will make an appointment to visit you at your home to review the program and start the service.
Volunteers who deliver the meals are interviewed and screened by Jewish Family Service. These volunteers not only bring a nutritious meal to your home, but also provide a friendly greeting and an important safety check for each individual who receives a meal.
If you would like to volunteer, please visit our Volunteer page.
To schedule an appointment or for additional information, contact our office and a social worker will assist you or email [email protected]