Community Corner: Mollie’s Meals

The JAA’s Mollie’s Meals program delivers over 28,000 meals annually to seniors in the Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, and Shadyside areas. Dedicated volunteers bring nutritious meal options directly to the doors of homebound older adults who are unable to prepare their own meals. In addition to providing a hearty meal, these visits also offer a friendly greeting and an opportunity for connection.

In partnership with the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging, the program ensures that these fresh meals are affordable, thanks to subsidies. Designed to be easily microwaved or frozen for future use, the meals offer flexibility and convenience for the recipients.

But don’t just take our word for it! Hear from one of our very satisfied customers: “I am a relatively active senior but have a difficult time shopping and I’m not always motivated to cook for myself. My out-of-town daughter ‘encouraged’ me to try Mollie’s Meals. And I am so glad that I did. Now mealtime is a treat! I anxiously await the arrival of my cheerful volunteer who always has an extra minute to visit while she makes sure I am well!  Your meals have truly changed my life… and my outlook! I can’t thank you enough. PS. My daughter AND my doctor second those words of gratitude!!”

Mollie’s Meals isn’t just about providing food—it’s also about the relationships our volunteers build with recipients. These bonds allow our volunteers to notice when something is wrong. For instance, when Chris arrived to deliver Mr. H’s meal, she grew concerned when he hadn’t picked up his morning newspaper and wasn’t answering his phone. Then, when he didn’t answer his door as usual, she contacted the Mollie’s Meals office. We reached out to his nearby emergency contact who had a key. It turned out Mr. H had fallen and couldn’t reach the phone or door. Thanks to our driver, Mr. H was able to get the help he needed. After a few days in the hospital, Mr. H was back on his feet and now wears a life alert button.

If you would like to register yourself or a loved one to receive Mollie’s Meals, or if you would like to become one of our compassionate volunteer deliverers, please call the Mollie’s Meals office at 412-521-7616.

-Sharyn Rubin, MEd, Director of Resident & Community Services