“What a joy it is to hear the greetings of the volunteers each morning. Just like starting the day with a beautiful song! They say it so well. We are very thankful for the meals. I’m very satisfied with the food and service.”

Volunteers deliver a hot, nutritious lunch Monday through Friday to homebound seniors citizens. Each meal is 1/3 of the Dietary Reference Intakes.

Who Qualifies for Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is available to homebound seniors, aged 60 and older, who are residents of the LOA’s service area (Virginia’s Fifth Planning District). The senior must be unable to prepare a nutritious mid-day meal with no one available or willing to prepare the meal for them. Spouses and disabled dependents, regardless of age, MAY also qualify. This helps alleviate caregiver stress and worry.

“LOA is the best thing that ever happened to me.  Thank you for helping me.”


The Meals on Wheels program serves 550 recipients each day so it relies on a variety of sources to cover the costs of these meals. The program receives funding from federal, state and local governments, the Greater Alleghany Fund and the Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia. Those funds are supplemented with fund-raising, grants and recipient donations.

“Next year I will be 90 years old.  I am restricted in many ways!  LOA’s help is a blessing to me.  A wonderful help.”

The program also relies heavily on the contributions of the community.

If you would like to donate, use the link on our website or make checks payable to LOA Meals on Wheels and send to P.O. Box 14205, Roanoke, VA, 24038-4205. Donations are tax deductible.

How to Become Involved


If you, or someone you know, may benefit from Meals-on-Wheels, call (540) 345-0451. Our staff will be able to assess the need for home delivered meals.

“I am so happy to be at home.”

Volunteer Drivers

All of our meals are delivered by volunteers. Routes take only 1 to 2 hours per day. LOA offers flexibility: you can volunteer once a week, every other week, once a month or once a year; you choose the route and day(s) you wish to deliver. Directions are provided. Ask about our corporate volunteer program. If you would like to volunteer, call the LOA office in your area.   We still have many open routes available!

  • Roanoke Valley – (540) 345-0451
  • Alleghany Highlands – (540) 962-0465
  • Botetourt County – (540) 966-1094
  • Craig County – (540) 864-6031

Please print and mail the following forms:

Nutrition Counseling

Those who meet the eligibility criteria for Meals on Wheels and are assessed at a high nutritional risk can be referred to a Registered Dietician for a nutrition consultation.

Pets Eat Too

Another component of Meals on Wheels is Pets Eat Too.  In partnership with the Roanoke Valley SPCA, the LOA utilizes their donated pet food to assist our Meals on Wheels recipients and their furry friends.  Recipients who are pet owners get a weekly allotment of pet food (dog or cat food) delivered to them along with their meals.

“I thank God for LOA and Meals-on-Wheels.  It’s a blessing to people who live alone and can’t do for themselves.”