Outreach Ministries

Meals on Heels

Now in its fourth decade, Meals on Heels prepares and delivers home-cooked meals to our homebound neighbors every Saturday—even during the pandemic.

As Covid-19 protocols continue to change, look for upcoming details and requirements in church communications.

About Meals on Heels

Now in its fourth decade, Meals on Heels prepares and delivers home-cooked meals to our homebound seniors every Saturday. This program began in 1986 when three of our Deacons discovered that many older congregants of the church were receiving meals on Monday through Friday thanks to Meals on Wheels, but received nothing at all on the weekends. They immediately decided that this church, and particularly the Deacons, could meet a basic need—hunger—by providing a weekend meal for these people.

The meals were simple at first: sandwiches, carrot sticks and a dessert. Now the program has expanded to include a hot nutritious main course, homemade dessert, and rolls made from scratch. On average we feed 55-60 homebound seniors from the Upper East Side to Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village and the West Village.

If you would like to support Meals on Heals with a financial contribution, go to fapc.org/give and choose the fund “Meals on Heels.” Thank you for your generosity.

Volunteering

Volunteers are the bread and butter of Meals on Heels! Pun intended! Each Saturday morning a core group of dedicated volunteers comes together to prepare and cook the two-course meal.

After the meal is cooked and packed, a second set of volunteers delivers the meals to our guests throughout the city.

Delivery volunteers come to the church lobby (side entrance on 55th St.) at 11:00 am to check-in and to receive their delivery assignment and meals. Most volunteers are enroute by 11:30 am to the meal recipient’s home. Volunteers generally finish their deliveries by 1:00 pm. An instructional flyer outlines the proper delivery process to manage expectations for both the recipient and deliverer. While many recipients live within walking distance of the church, some deliveries may require volunteers to use public or private transportation.

Out of an abundance of caution for our guests and more vulnerable populations, we ask delivery volunteers to wear masks, practice social distancing and abide by CDC guidelines. All volunteers must be fully vaccinated. We will continue to revisit this protocol as Covid-19 subsides. To serve as a delivery volunteer advance sign up is required. Please click here to email John Wyatt. Thank you for being a part of this ministry in service to our elderly and homebound neighbors!