Frequently Asked Questions
How can a senior citizen receive Meals-On-Wheels?
Meals-On-Wheels are hot, nutritious lunches that are delivered Monday through Friday to the homebound elderly who meet these requirements:
- 60 years of age or older (or the spouse of a person 60 years of age or older)
- at risk of malnutrition
- unable to come in to a Loaves & Fishes Center for a meal
- will need meals for at least one full week . Meal service typically begins within 24 hours. No one meeting the above requirements will be refused service.
What is a typical Loaves & Fishes menu?
Our menus are designed to provide at least one-third of the daily nutrients required for older adults. Each meal includes a salad, entrée, starch, vegetable, bread, dessert and milk. We also provide the DASH diet for those who require diabetic, soft, low cholesterol or low sodium meals.
Is Meals-On-Wheels a national program?
Every state has a Meals-On-Wheels program, but a variety of nonprofit organizations provide these services. Loaves & Fishes provides Meals-On-Wheels service to Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties.
How many people are employed by Loaves & Fishes?
We employee about 110 full- and part-time people and we depend on 450 volunteers every day.
Is Loaves & Fishes a religious organization?
No. The National Council on Aging prepared a proposal to provide nutritious, low-cost meals to the elderly in 1969 called “Operation Loaves & Fishes”. Our founders simply adopted that name when they formed their own meal program. The name of the organization was officially changed to Loaves & Fishes Centers, Inc. in 1977.
How much does each meal cost?
Loaves & Fishes Centers delivers "more than a meal". In addition to a hot, nutritious meal, seniors have access to Easy Moves exercise, nutrition counseling, diabetes and disease management, and a variety of services at one of our 34 meal centers. The overall cost of each meal is $6.88. The suggested donation for seniors over the age of 60 is $3.
What is your funding source?
Loaves & Fishes Centers receives funding from a variety of sources. More than 60 percent of our annual budget comes from contributions from the community. We receive some federal support through Older American Act and Medicaid dollars, as well as from the USDA. Participants are asked to contribute what they can toward the cost of their meals and we have an active development department that seeks private donations and grants.