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Our fact sheet will tell you more about Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lynchburg Area and the difference we are making in the community. You can download the fact sheet here.


How much does it cost to serve the homebound?

Every gift is significant to those we serve:
$5 pays for one meal
$110 pays for meals for one month
$1,300 pays for meals for one year

How long does it take to deliver a route?

Each time you deliver takes a little over 1 hour.

Can I involve my children?

Yes! Our clients love to see kids.

Do I have to be available everyday?

No. We can schedule you once a month, twice a month, once a week, or once in a while.

Do I see the same recipients each time?

You will be scheduled to a specific route, which includes several homes in that area. Of course, individual situations may vary from delivery to delivery (due to appointments, new additions, etc.) but we work hard to make sure the routes are consistent for both the recipient and the volunteer. That way you can develop a relationship with those on your route.

Do I need a car?

Someone needs a vehicle. As a best practice, we suggest delivering with a partner: one person drives and the other navigates the route. If you do not have a car, volunteer with a friend or co-worker that does. It is more fun to volunteer with a friend.

Can I volunteer nights and weekends?

We do not deliver on the weekends or evening.

How can I help if I don’t drive, or cannot deliver lunch?

Go to or for suggestions about other ways you can help. We call these our ‘a la Carte’ volunteer opportunities – things outside the normal meal delivery time.

Why volunteer?

You can make a difference in the lives of our homebound neighbors! Some of our recipients depend solely on volunteers to deliver their meals at lunchtime. For some, this may be the only meal they have all day. Also, for many of our clients, the volunteer who delivers their meal may be the only person that they interact with all day.

How do I volunteer?

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 434-847-0796, or go online to to submit an application and begin the process.

How does Meals on Wheels Work?

Those who are homebound and live in our service area may qualify to have five nutritionally balanced lunches delivered to their homes. All meals are heart-healthy and diabetic friendly, and are prepared fresh daily. A group of community volunteers deliver the meals, allowing the volunteer to perform a daily safety check on the well-being of the recipient. (When necessary, an emergency system is in place whereby help is summoned.)
We also have other programs and services. You can read more about them at

How do you qualify to receive MOW?

Submit a Request for Service to Meals on Wheels via fax, phone, email, or our website. Recipients may self-refer, or can be referred by friends, relatives, physicians, and social work professionals. Often the recipient has no family on whom to rely for this most basic human need. An in home assessment is conducted to determine the individual’s level of need, and services are offered based on the assessment outcome. If an individual is able to pay full price for meals, we request that they do so (about 8% pay full price). We also offer a very generous sliding scale based on income and living circumstances (about 16% pay some portion of the price).The majority of our recipients (76%) qualify for meals at no charge to them. No qualifying individual is ever denied meal service based on the inability to pay.

How can payments and/or donations be made?

Donors and clients can pay their donations/invoices by credit card or check. You can mail checks and credit card information to the attention of Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg, PO Box 1388, Lynchburg, Virginia 24505. Donations can also be made online.

Which areas do you serve?

We serve the City of Lynchburg, and just into each of the surrounding counties of Amherst, and Bedford. We also serve a significant portion of Campbell County, with a remote meal pick-up location in Rustburg. Click here for communities served.

Whom do we serve?

We serve the homebound of all ages and all incomes. Because we do not accept any government funding, we are able to serve anyone with physical, mental or financial hardships that make it impossible for the individual to either purchase or prepare food, or has no one available to prepare meals for them.  At the beginning of this year, our youngest recipient was 27, and we deliver to two people who are 102!

Recipients are referred by friends, relatives, physicians, and social work professionals. Often these neighbors have no family on whom to rely for this most basic human need.

How do I refer someone for Meals on Wheels?

Contact our Program Manager at 434-847-0796, or go online to to submit an application and begin the process.

How does the approval process work?

A member of our assessment staff will conduct a home visit to explain the program, and to complete our assessment questionnaire. Our office will notify approved applicants at the interview or shortly afterward to let them know when meal service will begin. Meals are generally served between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Who prepares the menu?

All menus are prepared jointly by our contract kitchens along with our staff, and reviewed by a registered dietitian.

Who cooks the meals?

Meals are prepared in two contract kitchens: Canteen Service, and Virginia Baptist Hospital.

Can I volunteer to complete community service hours?

Typically, due to required completion time, the training involved, and limited daily hours, delivering meals is not a good match for community service hours.
Lynchburg Daily Bread, Salvation Army and Parkview Mission are local non-profits that can sometimes utilize volunteers with community service requirements.


Here are just a few more facts:

  • Last year, more than 900 volunteers delivered over 75,000 hot meals to people of all ages in the Lynchburg area.
  • Through the Animeals Program, 50 pets of meal recipients were provided with a monthly supply of food through donations from individuals in the community.
  • The cost of a one-year supply of home-delivered meals is roughly equal to one day in the hospital
  • Approximately 76% of the people we serve receive their meals at no charge to them; only 8% pay the full amount. About 16% are charged on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay.
  • One in six seniors faces the threat of hunger, according to the State of Senior Hunger in America.
  • In the last 15 years, the number of seniors in America suffering from hunger jumped by 45 percent.
  • Food insecurity is dangerous for everyone but for the elderly in particular. Hungry seniors are :
    • 60 percent more likely to experience depression,
    • 53 percent more likely to report a heart attack and
    • 52 percent more likely to develop asthma.
    • Those who live alone are at particular risk.

Meals on Wheels’ audit and IRS 990 form are available upon request through the office.