There are many ways to volunteer your time! We are always looking for kitchen help, bakers and drivers! You can commit to a couple of days, one day,or just a few hours! We also need substitute drivers!
Our Mission: To provide nutritious meals to seniors, the homebound and the disabled in northern Onondaga County, and to advocate for their overall well-being.
With the help of more than 300 volunteers, we serve over 400 meals daily and more than 120,000 meals each year. Meals on Wheels services are provided on a short or long term basis, to those who are unable to shop and/or prepare meals on their own. North Area Meals on Wheels (NAMOW) helps seniors and the disabled stay in their own homes and maintain their independence. From our kitchen to their homes, our caring volunteers deliver nutritious meals. This service is available to people of all income levels, age groups, either on a temporary or permanent basis without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, handicap or political affiliation.
NAMOW is different in that it owns its own, very recognizable, building on Church Street in North Syracuse, NY. All meals are made from scratch here. Meals are funded in part by a grant from Onondaga County ALTCS, NYSOFA, and ACL. Meals are also funded through private pay, donations, and fund raising.
Cicero, North Syracuse, Liverpool, Mattydale, Brewerton, Clay, Bridgeport and now serving Baldwinsville clients who qualify for Wellness In Nutrition (WIN) Program Onondaga County.
We serve as a contract organization with the Onondaga County Department of Aging Youth and PACE program.
The cost of the meals is minimal and financial assistance can be provided for those meeting the required guidelines.
The cost to provide our service exceeds what we charge for meals. We rely on private contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations to meet program costs.
This assistance is vital in order to keep the North Area Meals On Wheels program alive. Your tax deductible contribution, in any amount, would be greatly appreciated!
We are a non-profit, equal opportunity organization.
This is what North Area Meals on Wheels looks like through the eyes of a child:
“The picture is of an elder man and woman. The man is eating a hamburger and the woman is having soup. The black on their faces represents “wrinkles”
The people in the background with the tall hats are the cooks preparing food.”
(Jack is 7 years old and he has been to NAMOW many times. This is his perception of “meals on wheels”)
“I am so glad that I finally called Meals on Wheels (I am a terrible procrastinator). I spoke to Kate and in a matter of minutes, 15 or so, I was scheduled for meals.
The meals, the volunteers and the organization as a whole have been a wonderful addition to my daily routine. I make my breakfast, then a hot lunch is delivered along with a supper. The food is very good and such a wonderful variety. I have even become a fan of veggies, raw and cooked. I love the fruit too, I never bought much fruit because it would spoil before I could use it up, same with most veggies, when you are only one person. I now have a much more balanced diet and eat about the same times each day.
I could go on and on. Kate and Melissa in the office are so kind, one of the volunteers delivering to me even picked up a planter that was tipped over in my driveway. I have a new larger house number so they will always be able to find me.
Thanks to all who make this service possible”
“Two years ago, at the age of 71, I had hemorrhagic stroke, was in ICU for two weeks on a ventilator and was also in rehab for 2 weeks. When I came home, I couldn’t walk yet and had no family or friends to help me recover. And then COVID hit and I was more alone than ever.
Fortunately, I was hooked up with the wonderful people from North Area Meals on Wheels. Every day, the drivers were the only contact I had. They offered not only meals, but kind words and smiling faces. The food is well seasoned and everything tastes homemade. The Rueben sandwich is the best I have ever had and the perogies and onion are delicious.
The best thing about the service is the human contact and words of encouragement to people who have medical or mental health needs. I am able to see a smiling friendly face every day. One driver took the time out of her day bring me supplies that I ran out of during COVID. I can’t say enough about all of the angels from Meals on Wheels”
Debbie has been getting home delivered meals for 2 ½ years. Due to health issues, she is not able to shop or prepare meals and getting home delivered meals has been a blessing for her. She was not able to leave her home and get the Covid vaccine. With her permission, we were able to schedule an in-home Covid vaccine for Debbie and her husband. She said “ I am really, really grateful for getting the vaccine”.
Debbie said “your delivery people are wonderful people. I want to give them a shout out. The meals are good and I really like the sandwiches. I appreciate all you’ve done.”