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New Client FAQ

To be eligible for our services, you must live in Sarasota County from the Gulf of Mexico and east to the Sarasota County line, University Parkway and south to Albee Farm Road. This area is divided into 48 routes and covers 800 square miles.

Additional factors contributing to eligibility may include:

  • Being homebound

  • Unable to prepare meals or have a means to prepare meals

  • Recent hospital stay or ongoing health problems

  • Living Alone

We provide a nutritious meal Monday through Saturday. Our menu is focused on a heart-healthy, nutritious meal − one that meets Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) standards and tastes great. We provide lower sodium, lower fat and lower sugar options, which satisfy the many age groups and different cultural palates of our clients.

You, a family member or caregiver can apply for our Home-Delivered Meals program online or by phone by contacting Meals On Wheels of Sarasota at our main line: 941-366-6693.

As soon as your application has been approved, meal delivery will begin.

We are unable to provide meals for specialized dietary restrictions. Menu items have salt and sugar, but no additional salt or sugar is added.

No, but we do focus our services on those who are isolated and need community support. If you live with someone else and need additional support, you may qualify.

Yes! Our drivers are ready, willing and able to bring your meals into the kitchen, leave them on a table or put them into your refrigerator − whichever is most helpful to you. You can also accept them right at the door.

Yes! Although part of our mission is to see our clients for each delivery to ensure that the client is safe on a day-to-day basis. You may provide a cooler if you wish to have your meal left outside. If you are planning on being away from home for an extended period of time when we usually deliver meals, please contact us.

Unfortunately, we are not able to make substitutions to our meals.

Yes. We request as much notice as possible in advance of cancelling or resuming your service. You may temporarily suspend service due to special circumstances, such as extended hospitalization or convalescent stays.

Our goal is to ensure that our clients can remain independent in their homes for as long as safely possible. Meals are provided for the period of time needed by the client.

We have increased our capacity thanks to generous donors and a grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation and the Linnie E. Dalbeck Memorial Foundation. We have updated our kitchen and added new meal packaging equipment allowing us to prepare as many 1,000 meals simultaneously. We need volunteers and help establishing a satellite location east of the interstate as well as finding clients in need of healthy meals – regardless of age or ability to pay. 

Our clients are typically isolated, and live with physical or mental disabilities, whether temporary or permanent. If you can help identify people who may be struggling with hunger and isolation, please contact us, or have them contact us. Call 941-366-6693 or click the button below to sign up and have meals delivered.