Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for Meals on Wheels?
All persons 60 years and older and their spouse are eligible for nutrition services. They must be homebound or isolated. An evaluation of need must be completed by an East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) assessor to qualify for home-delivered meals. People under age 60 with disabilities and who reside at home with an eligible senior are also eligible.
How do I apply?
Call 785.242.8341 (or toll free 1.800.223.6325) to schedule an assessment. Referrals for service can come from virtually any source: doctors, social workers, neighbors, relatives or friends. Or you may call to set up service for yourself.
How much will the meal cost?
The suggested donation for a person age 60+ is $3.50 per meal. No one is denied a meal if they are unable to donate.
Meals are funded in part through the Older Americans Act, the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), county funds as well as United Way of Franklin County and United Way of Paola. The program depends on private contributions for the remainder of its operating costs.
Who delivers the meals?
Staff and volunteers deliver meals.
When are meals delivered?
Meals are delivered between 10:45 am and 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You must be at home to accept the meal. Meals will not be left outside. Please call ahead of time if you know you are not going to be home to receive a meal.
How do I stop meal service or make changes?
To request a stop or a change in meal delivery, call your local site or 785.242.8341.
Are meals delivered during bad weather?
Very rarely, the weather keeps our drivers from delivering meals. Anticipating such events, we supply every Meals on Wheels consumer with frozen or shelf stable meals to be used when road conditions do not allow regular delivery.
Listen to KOFO AM 1220 radio station or watch WIBW-TV regarding the cancellation of MANP Meals on Wheels. The central office may also be called at 785.242.8341. Closures due to severe weather are also listed on our Severe Weather Alerts page.