What we do and who we serve

We deliver daily nutrition - for the body and soul - to residents of Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Cainhoy and Wando who are home-bound or unable to provide their own meals. If you or someone you know is in need of a meal, please review the eligibility criteria to the right and contact us. We are completely funded by donations and fundraising. If you would like to donate, we welcome you to do so!

We serve nutritious meals to all homebound residents east of the Cooper, regardless of age or income. We operate without a waiting list and there is never a charge for meals.

 

Meal Delivery Program

Qualified recipients receive a hot, midday meal delivered Monday through Friday to their door by an East Cooper Meals on Wheels volunteer. There is no charge for meals, and there is no wait list to receive meals.

Recipients who live in the most isolated environments and have the greatest risk of hunger also receive a second daily meal for supper. Extra meals are delivered on Fridays to ensure proper nutrition over the weekend. Meals are prepared fresh daily by local providers, Lowcountry Food Bank and Senior Catering, as well as local restaurants.

We also provide meals to people in outpatient care while recovering from transplant or surgery. Partnering with local hospitals and medical professionals, East Cooper Meals on Wheels aims to fill a critical need that falls on patients and their care givers during the recovery process. Doctors and nurses have been very supportive of the Feeding Friends program, understanding that nutrition is a vital component to recovery and helping their patients avoid hospital readmission. 

If you know of a local restaurant interested in donating a day's worth of meals, or a business interested in sponsoring a day's worth of meals, please contact us! 843-881-9350.

Questions or concerns? Contact us at rhamilton@ecmow.org  or (843) 881-9350.

 

Additional Programs for Qualified Recipients

Breakfast Bag Program

Many of our recipients already receive a warm mid-day meal as well as a second meal for dinner, but what about breakfast? Our  volunteer drivers surveyed recipients on their routes to see who would benefit from healthy breakfast items. We discovered that many recipients were missing “the most important meal of the day.” Recipients who were in need are now receiving healthy breakfast items and getting a full day’s supply of food from East Cooper Meals on Wheels. 

The Breakfast Bag Program includes enough healthy breakfast items to last an individual for an entire week. 
 

Examples of needed, individually packaged items are:

healthy cereals
instant grits and oatmeal
sugar free or reduced sugar fruit cups 
dried fruit and nuts
fresh fruit
breakfast bars or low sugar granola bars
peanut butter or almond butter
low sodium V-8
breakfast drinks such as tea, instant coffee, and a variety of 100% fruit juices. 
 
As an organization, we spend approximately $7,000 annually on breakfast foods.  Overall, our food operations budget is $352,500 and includes meals, milk, supplemental nutritional drinks, fresh fruit and breakfast items. Contributions ensure that we are able to continue our mission of delivering daily nutrition to residents within our service area who are homebound or unable to provide their own meals.

 

Nutritional Drinks

A 30-day supply of supplemental nutrition drinks is delivered once a month to those recipients who need additional calories due to weight loss, difficulty chewing or low appetite.

 

 

 

 

Pet Food

Dogs and cats are excellent companions for the homebound, especially those who live alone, but being on a fixed income can make feeding them a challenge. On an as-needed basis, volunteers deliver donated pet food to recipients.

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Advocacy

Through partnerships, we connect our recipients with groups who have the resources to address a variety of quality of life issues that extend beyond nutrition. These groups assist our recipients with heating and cooling installations, the building of wheelchair ramps, yard work, minor home maintenance projects and the payment of utility bills in emergency situations. Our partners include the East Cooper Ecumenical Network, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and East Cooper Community Outreach, as well as many others.


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