Home Programs and Services Detroit Meals on Wheels
Programs and Services

Detroit Meals on Wheels Program

Nutrition is Important

Research shows that less than a third of seniors eat properly. At the same time, research indicates that a nutritious diet and daily exercise can lengthen and improve our quality of life (see the Senior Food Guide Pyramid)


The nutrition service for seniors for more than 25 years, Detroit Meals on Wheels is committed to making sure that seniors are able to maintain their independence and live healthy, happy lives. The program serves more than 11,000 seniors 60 years or older who live in Detroit, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Shores and Grosse Pointe Woods.

Meals on Wheels (Home Delivered Meals)

The Detroit Meals on Wheels Program is a state and federally funded program which offers home delivered meals to homebound older adults in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Harper Woods, and the five Grosse Pointes.

The Meals on Wheels Program provides five nutritious meals per week to homebound older adults. Participants may choose to receive either a hot meal delivered once per day Monday-Friday or five frozen meals delivered once per week.

The Meals on Wheels program also offers liquid nutrition for older adults who are unable to eat solid food and have a prescription from their physician. The goal of the Meals on Wheels Program is to assist older adults to live independently in their own homes by providing weekday lunchtime meals.

Eligibility Guidelines
Individuals age 60 years or older
Homebound (e.g. unable to leave the home without assistance and unable to drive)
Unable to cook for him/herself
No one willing to prepare meals on a regular basis
Must be able to feed her or himself

Please call the Detroit Area Agency on Aging at (313) 446-4444 for more information. Information Assistance Specialists are available Mon Fri from 8:30 AM 5:00 PM.

Holiday Meals on Wheels
Through our Holiday Meals on Wheels Program on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and Labor Day we provide hot nutritious meals for homebound seniors. To read more about this program click here.


Congregate Meals

Seniors are encouraged to eat a nutritional meal in a social setting, like churches and recreation centers, where they enjoy a delicious hot meal, while making new friends and participating in activities with their peers. Most sites are open Monday through Thursday. Some are open on Fridays. No reservation is required, however, meals are served on a first come basis. (click here to see complete site listing below for location nearest you)