There are many ways to volunteer your time! We are always looking for kitchen help, bakers and drivers! You can commit to a couple of days, one day,or just a few hours! We also need substitute drivers!
Learn the areas Meals on Wheels provides for, and who Meals on Wheels is for. Find out how you can sign up to recieve meals.
To provide nutritious meals to seniors, the homebound
and the disabled in northern Onondaga County, and to advocate for their overall well-being.
With the help of more than 300 volunteers, we serve over 400 meals daily and more than 120,000 meals each year. Meals on Wheels services are provided on a short or long term basis, to those who are unable to shop and/or prepare meals on their own. North Area Meals on Wheels (NAMOW) helps seniors and the disabled stay in their own homes and maintain their independence. From our kitchen to their homes, our caring volunteers deliver nutritious meals. This service is available to people of all income levels, age groups, either on a temporary or permanent basis without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, handicap or political affiliation.
NAMOW is different in that it owns its own, very recognizable, building on Church Street in North Syracuse, NY. All meals are made from scratch here. Meals are funded in part by a grant from Onondaga County ALTCS, NYSOFA, and ACL. Meals are also funded through private pay, donations, and fund raising.
Cicero, North Syracuse, Liverpool, Mattydale, Brewerton, Clay, Bridgeport and now serving Baldwinsville clients who qualify for Wellness In Nutrition (WIN) Program Onondaga County.
We serve as a contract organization with the Onondaga County Department of Aging Youth and PACE program.
The cost of the meals is minimal and financial assistance can be provided for those meeting the required guidelines.
The cost to provide our service exceeds what we charge for meals. We rely on private contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations to meet program costs.
This assistance is vital in order to keep the North Area Meals On Wheels program alive. Your tax deductible contribution, in any amount, would be greatly appreciated!
We are a non-profit, equal opportunity organization.
This is what North Area Meals on Wheels looks like through the eyes of a child:
“The picture is of an elder man and woman. The man is eating a hamburger and the woman is having soup. The black on their faces represents “wrinkles”
The people in the background with the tall hats are the cooks preparing food.”
(Jack is 7 years old and he has been to NAMOW many times. This is his perception of “meals on wheels”)
When released from the hospital 5 months ago, Arnold started receiving Meals on Wheels. He was surprised how quickly we were able to start delivering meals. When asked how he feels about the food, he says, “I love it!”. Arnold is impressed with how excellently the meals are prepared and is happy that he is finally eating vegetables. He narrowed down his favorites to three, pepper steak, stroganoff, and crab salad. Arnold loves our volunteer drivers and appreciates that they go “above and beyond” for him. He says they have restored his faith in humanity! NAMOW is so glad that we can help people like Arnold.
Linda’s favorite time of the day is when her friendly Meals on Wheels volunteer driver stops by to bring her meals for the day. She especially likes the “Chicken Divan”; it reminds her of her mother who used to make it for her on her birthday. Linda says, “I have not eaten this good in a long time. My cholesterol is down and I’ve even lost 5 pounds!” Linda also loves to see the crafts and goodies that the school children make for our seniors, which are delivered at the holidays. “ Everyone is so considerate, and they even call me on snow days to make sure that I have food.” Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Linda! We are so happy that North Area Meals on Wheels is so important
As of Monday, April 13th, we are delivering Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays ONLY! If you normally receive meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays, they will now be delivered on Mondays and Wednesdays and will be frozen only. Weekends will be delivered on Fridays. We will not be using your choice selections during this time. Thank you for your patience!
North Area Meals on Wheels is concerned about what a significant outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Onondaga County could mean for the vulnerable seniors we serve. We are closely monitoring information and resources being shared by the experts in disease control and are putting prevention and response plans into place. We follow health officials' recommended steps to protect against Coronavirus similarly to how we prevent the spread of other illnesses. Staff and volunteers are trained appropriately.
We know the critical importance of preparation in times like this and understand the delicate balance between panic and preparedness. While we do not anticipate a disruption in service at this time, our team will prepare extra shelf stable packages and frozen meals to deliver to clients as needed.
Our senior clients and the volunteers that serve them remain our utmost concern. It is our hope healthcare professionals will find a way to end this epidemic, but in the meantime, we will continue to practice social distancing by limiting the amount of volunteers in our building, as well as cutting back the amount of days our drivers deliver.
When risk of spread is over we plan to go back to normal meal production and delivery.