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Volunteers Needed for Lanakila Meals on Wheels

May 21, 2023

From the Office for Social Ministry

During some of the most difficult moments of the Covid pandemic, volunteers from the Diocese parishes helped provide Meals on Wheels to kupuna who included some of the most vulnerable elders on Oahu. Since 1971 Lanakila Meals on Wheels have been a trusted provider of healthy and delicious complete meals with goal to ensure seniors and individuals with disabilities receive meals so they can continue to live at home. Now as their program grows, Lanakila Meals on Wheels needs more volunteers who are willing and able to volunteer some of their time, once a week Monday-Friday.

Home delivered meals and so much more. Whether for a short recovery period, caregiver respite or over the long-term for independent living, Lanakila Meals on Wheels home-delivered meal service is a convenient way to receive nutritious meals. Lanakila Meals on Wheels works with registered dieticians and chefs to ensure our healthy and delicious meals meet or exceed USDA nutrition guidelines and have the local flavors we all love! More than just a meal, Lanakila Meals on Wheels provides friendly visits and wellness checks. During deliveries, volunteers and staff can identify areas that meal recipients may need help with and connect them to an appropriate resource for assistance.

Purchasing meals

  • Lanakila Meals on Wheels offers a paid monthly subscription service for those purchasing meals out of pocket. A minimum of 5 meals per week are required for delivery service and there is no minimum for pickup orders. To place an order, please call (808) 356-8519.
  • Seniors and individuals with disabilities may use the free Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase our healthy home delivered meals. For assistance in applying for SNAP, please call our SNAP Outreach team at (808) 356-3516 to make an appointment.

Free home-delivered meals

  • Quest Integration - If you are enrolled in Quest Integration, you have a Medicaid health plan for medical coverage. Contact your healthcare service coordinator to ask if you qualify for free meal service.
  • City & County of Honolulu Aging and Disability Resource Center--Free meal service may be available through the City and County of Honolulu’s Aging and Disability Resource Center. Contact the Senior Helpline at (808) 768-7700 to see if you’re eligible.

Kupuna Wellness
Lanakila Meals on Wheels provides a healthy lifestyle program for active kupuna (seniors) ages 60 or older. Activities include group exercise classes, games, guest speakers and lunch. For more information, please call (808) 356-8521 or visit www.kupunawellness.org.

Most meals are delivered by Lanakila Meals on Wheels volunteers. Not only do Lanakila Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver meals, but they also bring a friendly smile and sometimes talk story! Lanakila Meals on Wheels is currently calling for volunteers who are needed to assemble meals and/or deliver meals weekly in downtown Honolulu, Makiki, Kaimuki, Moillili, Waipahu, Pear Ridge, and Waianae. To learn more about Lanakila Meals on Wheels home delivery service and/or to support their efforts by volunteering, please visit their website www.lanakilapacific.org/mealsonwheels and email them through at mow@lanakilapacific.org or call their office (808) 356-8519 from Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pm at 1809 Bachelot Street, Honolulu, HI 96817. Lanakila Meals on Wheels is a program of Lanakila Pacific, a 501(c)3 organization offering assistance programs and operating social enterprises to improve the quality of life for individuals with cognitive, physical, social or age-related challenges. Mahalo.