Meals on Wheels and Penny's Pantry

The Joslyn Center believes that no senior should go hungry.

Through no fault of their own, many of our local seniors are without enough food to meet their daily nutritional requirements. By providing home-bound, frail and low income seniors access to healthy and nutritious food on a consistent basis, seniors may be able to remain independent in their own homes longer and with dignity. In addition, as a result of an increase in their nutritional intake, seniors may experience a reduction or lessening of catastrophic health issues and stave off depression with a connection to the helping hand and caring heart of The Joslyn Center.

Healthy and nutritious meals are critical to the lives of seniors. The Joslyn Center provides two ways to meet the critical needs of hungry seniors: Meals on Wheels and Penny’s Pantry food programs.

Penny's Pantry

Since its inception in November 2011, our food pantry has and continues to serve thousands of low income seniors each year with non-perishable foods and fresh produce.

Penny’s Pantry is located on The Joslyn Center campus and is open on the first and third Fridays of each month from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. Those receiving food are asked to be 50 years of age and above, live within one of the Cove Community Cities: City of Indian Wells, City of Palm Desert, and City of Rancho Mirage, and complete a brief questionnaire.

If you would like to help us stock the pantry, please click and print Penny's Pantry Donation List of Needs the next time you go shopping.  

Meals on Wheels

“I have been blessed this year to have Meals on Wheels in my life. As I age I find many of the things I was able to do, I no longer do. Your program has helped me stay in my own home with dignity”  -Meals on Wheels recipient

DSC_0010More than just a meal…Meals on Wheels means much more to home-bound, frail seniors than just a nutritious meal.

Many home bound seniors are far removed from family and other daily social relationships. Often, our friendly volunteer drivers are the only outside contact they will receive each day. The friendships that are created between the volunteers and seniors are meaningful and valuable. 

Meals on Wheels Program – Fast Facts:

Who is Eligible?
Eligibility is determined by a home-bound individual's inability to shop, drive or cook to meet nutritional requirements for older adults age 50 and above. 

How Do I Sign Up?
An application including signatures must be completed and can be accessed on this web page, picked up at the front lobby desk, or mailed to you by calling 760-340-3220, ext. 110 on weekdays between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:30 pm. 

Meals on Wheels Application (Click and print)

What Areas Does the Center Serve?
The Joslyn's Meals on Wheels program delivers nutritious meals to qualifying recipients residing in Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and Sun City (Palm Desert).

For a list of Meals on Wheels programs serving other local communities, click here.

What Does it Cost?
We realize that meal costs may be a hardship for some. The Joslyn Center’s policy is to never deny meals due to inability to pay. Where cost is a hardship we will find a sum that is comfortable for you and adjust accordingly and confidentially. The price per meal, payable to The Joslyn Center, is $6.50 per meal for weekday, fresh meals and $5.00 for weekend frozen meals. We do not receive financial assistance from state or federal funds. 

What Kind of Food is Offered?
Each delivery contains meals which provide 2/3 of USDA recommended daily allowance of nutrients for older adults. They are delivered in containers that can be refrigerated. Monthly menus are provided and can be accessed on this web page. Pet food is also available to those in need. 

Monthly Meals on Wheels Menu (Click and print)

When are Meals Delivered?
Fresh meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm by a trained Joslyn Center volunteer. Friday's delivery also contains food for the weekend, if requested, and a frozen meal is sent with delivery the day before a holiday.

More detailed information is available on the Meals on Wheels application or for additional questions about these programs, please contact Director of Social Services, Bob Elias, at 760-340-3220, Ext. 110 or email to BobE@joslyncenter.org

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