Wish List

Not able to pack meals on a weekday morning, or to deliver meals in person?  You can still help Meals on Wheels of Durham meet the nutritional needs of hundreds of homebound seniors! You (or a group of your friends) can help us by donating essential items. 

For Weekend Meals:

Our Weekend Meal program helps food-insecure seniors make it through the weekend, when we're not there to deliver a hot lunch. On Fridays, we deliver a bundle with some staples to 100+ clients throughout the county. You can help by donating:
(Please keep in mind that cans should have pop-top lids and therefore not require a can opener, and other items should be individually wrapped, single-serve sizes.)
  • Fruit cups (unsweetened)
  • Applesauce (unsweetened)
  • Soup (low sodium, if possible)
  • Tuna and crackers packages
  • Canned meals such as spaghetti or chicken and dumplings
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Peanut butter or cheese crackers
  • Peanut butter or cheese spread
  • Granola bars (chewy or soft)
  • Breakfast bars
  • Nutrition bars
  • Juice boxes
  • Ensure
The following items can be larger-sized containers – we use them to make sandwiches for weekend meals:
  • Peanut Butter (smooth only - no crunchy)
  • Jelly
  • Turkey Lunch Meat
  • Mustard

For Two-day Emergency Kits:

When Meals on Wheels is closed due to inclement weather, we work to prepare in advance by delivering an emergency meal to clients before the storm hits. You (or your group) can help by contributing the following complete kits:

Meal #1:

  • Tuna Salad (3 oz, pop-top lid)
  • 16 oz water bottle
  • Cheese spread
  • Individual serving of peanut butter (snack size)
  • Wheat crackers
  • Envelope of nonfat dry milk

Meal #2:

  • Chicken Salad (3 oz, pop-top lid)
  • 16 oz water bottle
  • Applesauce
  • Raisins
  • Wheat crackers

Safety items:

  • Glow stick or Flashlight
  • Survival heat wrap blanket
  • Whistle

Other Items:

  • Wireless doorbells
  • Used golf balls for knocking on doors (try it – you will be amazed!)
  • Cookies for our tireless volunteers
  • Small bags of cat food or dog food for our clients with pets
  • Ensure or Boost for clients who are not feeling well or who need extra nutrition

For Christmas:

Each year, we send our clients a small gift to help express our care for them.  We rely on volunteers and donors to share the warmth of the holiday season with hundreds of clients throughout Durham County. Thank you in advance for making a senior's holiday bright!

Please have all gifts in our building by noon on Monday, December 11th.

This year we are offering our clients a choice of:

  • Set of towels (washcloth, hand towel, bath towel)
  • Fleece blanket