SAGE Eldercare’s Meals on Wheels was established in 1966 and was one of the first meal delivery programs in New Jersey. Professionally planned and prepared meals are delivered to individuals age 60 or older.
People who are frail, homebound or disabled are eligible for Meals on Wheels. This includes those recuperating from an illness, those who are mentally or physically impaired, those without family or friends to shop for them, or those needing a special diet. There are no income requirements.
SAGE Eldercare delivers meals to:
Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. They can be scheduled for the short term or indefinitely. For those in Union and Essex County, we can deliver a Saturday meal if the client is alone and has no additional help. Caring Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver meals and visit briefly with program participants between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm. Clients must be home to receive their meals, unless special arrangements are made. It is important that contact is made each day to ensure the client’s safety.
Call the Meals on Wheels office at (908) 273-5554, Monday through Friday between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm, to make arrangements. Information will be taken and delivery can be started within a few business days. In emergency situations, we can often supply a meal or food items sooner.
Menus are planned by a registered dietician. All meals include milk. In some areas we are able to provide special diets, including diabetic, pureed, renal and cardiac. All meals are relatively low in fat and sodium.
SAGE Eldercare receives funding from some government agencies, the United Way and private contributions, which helps underwrite the cost of the Meals on Wheels program. Each month a statement is mailed asking for a suggested contribution. We also offer a private pay meal service, where food is purchased each day from a high quality vendor. Each client who prefers this meal plan receives two meals per day at a cost of $8 per day.
Marianne Kranz, Director
SAGE Meals on Wheels
290 Broad Street, Summit
Please call (908)-273-5554 between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm Monday through Friday, or E-mail Us, or visit SAGE Meals on Wheels, 290 Broad Street, Summit.
An anonymous letter to Meals on Wheels
“We are deeply appreciative of your continuing and compassionate concern for our welfare, your gracious visits to our homes, your kindness in visiting us for a few moments, despite your demanding delivery schedule, your making the extra effort to contact us when we do not answer your knock, your patience in placing our meal where we request it, and just your presence each day helping to lift our spirits…”
By taking this pledge you are committing to help Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) end senior hunger by 2020.