Make a Referral/Request Meals

Meals on Wheels clients are primarily older adults or individuals with disabilities who are homebound and cannot prepare complete, nutritious meals for themselves. Clients are served regardless of age or financial status. The suggested donation is $3 per day, but no one is denied services due to inability to pay.

* Due to funding limitations and increased demand, new clients wishing to receive meals from Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels may experience a wait time of 2 weeks to one month before service can begin.

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  • The need for meals should expand beyond a minimum of three weeks. However, shorter periods can be accommodated at the discretion of the Meals on Wheels Executive Director.
  • If a potential client anticipates the need for meals following a scheduled hospitalization, the referral should be made prior to the hospital stay.
  • Meals on Wheels clients must have a health status that generally prevents them from leaving their home for purposes other than medical appointments and occasional outings.
  • Meals on Wheels clients are unable to obtain food or prepare complete, nutritious meals because of their health.
  • Meals on Wheels clients do not have someone else in the home who is willing and able to provide meals.
  • A spouse or unpaid caregiver may also be eligible to receive meals if Meals on Wheels determines receipt of a meal is in the best interest of the client.
  • Health conditions prevent Meals on Wheels clients from participating in congregate meal programs, such as those provided by area senior centers and other groups.
  • Potential clients must agree to an initial assessment prior to receiving meals. Exceptions are made in emergency situations.
  • Clients must agree to a reassessment of their eligibility every 6 months.
  • Special dietary needs may not be met by the Meals on Wheels menu. It must be determined that use of the Meals on Wheels service will not jeopardize the health of a client.
  • Meal recipients must be able to feed themselves.
  • Meal recipients must agree to be home to receive meals and to follow YMOW guidelines for cancelling a delivery.

Meal Service Request Form

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    Is the client unable to leave the home due to health or a medical situation? Please note: lack of transportation or lack of desire to prepare meals are not qualifications for service. If you need a referral to a Senior Center we are happy to provide.
    Medically friendly meals are available to clients over 60 who have renal or cardiac conditions. Meals are frozen and delivered weekly in boxes of 10. A written diagnosis from a physician is required.

  • A doctor's note detailing the health and medical needs of the referred client is required for all referrals. Please send the supporting doctor's note to Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels via email at or via fax at 734-217-4482 (this is a required document that is needed prior to the start of service).
    This information is necessary to secure funding for your service.
    Are you (client) able to contribute $7.50 per meal or is a subsidy needed. Note: no one is denied service due to an inability to pay.

  • This information is required as YMOW is a partially federally funded program. Note: Eligibility for service is not determined by income.

    Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels (YMOW) is only partially funded by the federal government. Client contributions are used to offset the need for additional fundraising by YMOW. While they are not required, contributions are greatly appreciated.

    Due to precautions regarding COVID-19, meals are currently delivered on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays only. Each delivery includes meals for two days.
    Each box contains 5 frozen meals. Please indicate whether you would like to receive 1 or 2 boxes.
  • Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels provides monthly pet food assistance in partnership with the Humane Society of Huron Valley's Bountiful Bowls program. If you have a pet in your household and you would like to receive food and pet care supplies, please indicate your interest below.