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 caregivers 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 at 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.
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.
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.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program discrimination complaint, you may obtain a complaint form by sending an email to email@example.com. You or your authorized representative must sign the complaint form. You are not required to use the complaint form. You may also file a program discrimination complaint by writing a letter to the Office of Adjudication at the address that follows:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Director, Office of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
For additional information about what to include in your letter, see How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint, on the USDA Web site. For information on the discrimination complaint process, contact the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Information Research Service, on (202) 260-1026 or (866) 632-9992 (toll-free), or send an email to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities, may contact us through the Federal Relay Service on (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
Updated October 28, 2018