Home Delivered Meals

The Home Delivered Meals program serves more than 500 hot meals to homebound older adults on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Our service area spans West 59th to 110th Streets, from Riverside Drive to Central Park West. The meals are delivered Sunday through Friday, with an extra meal sent on Fridays to be held for Saturday.

Our meals are prepared fresh every day and represent a third of the recommended daily nutritional intake for an adult. The menu is approved by a Department for the Aging nutritionist, so the meals are fresh, nutritious and attractive in presentation. Twice a year clients complete a food satisfaction survey, which allows us to take their preferences into consideration. This is a key step toward ensuring that the food is enjoyed and eaten.

The Home Delivered Meals service helps older adults remain in their homes for as long as possible. Studies show that homebound seniors who get meals delivered are better nourished and experience less loneliness than their counterparts.   

As part of our ongoing commitment to the meal recipients we serve, we visited with 500 men and women in their homes over a one-year period to assess their food security and need for additional services. The resulting report, Nourish First, produced in partnership with the Center for Long Term Care Research and Policy at New York Medical College, confirmed that our meal recipients were experiencing a host of issues that were not being addressed through food alone. As a result, Goddard Riverside has added a licensed social worker to provide case management services.

Home Delivered Meals is one of our most popular volunteer programs, with opportunities for organizations, individuals and families to help deliver meals. Find out more about volunteering.