Meals on Wheels and Penny's Pantry
The Joslyn Center Meals on Wheels program delivers prepared meals to area seniors 60+ who are not able to meet their dietary needs on their own due to difficulty shopping or preparing their own meals due to long term illness, injury, disability or general frailty. Joslyn delivers an average of 75 meals a day with over 19,000 meals delivered annually.
Service Areas and Meal Times - Meals on Wheels
Joslyn's program services Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and Sun City (Palm Desert). Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm by a Joslyn volunteer. Meals can be reheated in an appropriate container. In addition to delivering fresh daily meals during the week, we now offer frozen meals to cover weekends and holidays. We also now offer Meals on Wheels for pets.
The cost per meal is $6.00 for weekday meals and $5.00 for weekend meals. These monies reimburse what Joslyn pays for each meal. We do not receive any government financial assistance. Grants and donations cover some of the cost. No senior should go hungry. Fees for meals will always be based on the ability to pay.
How to Sign Up
To request Meals on Wheels, call 760-340-3220 x110 between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm. Each customer will need to fill out and submit an application. Applications are available at the Front Desk or one will be mailed to you. Please be sure to completely fill in all the required information and sign your name on the application where a signature is requested.
Since its inception in November 2011, our food pantry has already served 2,750 individuals. Penny’s Pantry is open on the first and third Fridays of each month from 7:30 to 9:30AM. Those receiving food are asked to complete a brief questionnaire and show identification.
Joslyn offers social services as a means to help you reach out to the necessary referral sources. For example, referrals can be made to agencies that provide transportation, in-home health and caregiving, financial assistance, housing, medical equipment, elder abuse prevention and other services.
Other social servcies are offered at the Center as well as informative seminars to keep you aware of the every-changing needs of the senior citizen in todays's ever-changing world. Just call our Social Services Director at 760-340-3220 Ext. 110 or refer to the current Joslyn Journal, whether mailed to you or on our home page.
How to Help
This program relies solely on contributions and donations in order to maintain delivery of affordable and nutritious meals to our seniors. All contributions to the program are tax-deductible and are greatly needed and appreciated.
We also rely heavily on our caring and dedicated volunteers. This rewarding opportunity allows our volunteers to not only deliver the meals, but also stop in for a quick friendly visits and safety check with all our customers. Many times the volunteer delivering the meals is the only personal contact that is made for the senior on a given day.
Please contact our Social Services Director at 760-340-3220 x110 for more information about receiving meals, volunteering, or to receive an application.