Is Kosher Meals On Wheels For You? | February 12, 2018

Kosher Meals on Wheels

By Maggy Bushwick, LCSW, NCG

Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania (JFS) has a special concern for the elderly in our community. As part of our community we are proud to offer programs and services that encourage healthy aging. One of these services is the Kosher Meals on Wheels program (KMOW).

What is Kosher Meals on Wheels?

Home delivered kosher meals are provided for persons who live at home in the Jewish Community. The goal of The KMOW program is to provide balanced, nutritional meals to those who temporarily or permanently are unable to prepare on their own. Nutritious meals are important in preventing individuals from becoming ill and/or assisting people to recover from hospitalization.  The meals are prepared at the Jewish Home under rabbinical supervision so clients can observe their religious dietary laws.

Who is Eligible for Kosher Meals on Wheels?

When a client calls to receive KMOW the social worker will make an appointment for a home visit.  This home visit will help evaluate and determine if additional services would be beneficial. Part of the evaluation is making sure the client are receiving all services available such as transportation. If someone is needed to coordinate and arrange access to these services, JFS can help.

Kosher Meals on Wheels can be paid for privately or via financial assistance.  If the individual is not eligible for financial assistance and in need of home delivered meals,  JFS social workers can also assess the situation for financial assistance.

How and When are Meals Delivered?

Kosher Meals on Wheels are delivered five days of the week by dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers are screened and trained by Jewish Family Service. When a client lives outside of Scranton special arrangements can be made to have the meals delivered.

If you, or someone you know may benefit from Kosher Meals on Wheels please call Maggy Bushwick, LCSW, NCG, Coordinator Older Adult Services at 570 344-1186 or email: mbuswhick@jfsnepa.org to discuss further details.