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Here in Ireland there is meals on wheels and its a free service here but i prefer to cook mums meals as they are much better and for now im here. There is lots of new companies starting up doing a delivery service for old people and ive heard the food is very good but you pay about $7 dollars a day which isnt bad as the food is good!
Could you ask your friend if she could pay you at least for ingredients? my friend wants me to cook a dinner for her friends next month as she cant cook (partially blind) i told her no problem but she will have to pay me the food i buy and she insisted on paying me for cooking it but i refused as she is partially blind and i will be at the dinner she wants me to cook for her family this year at her dads 10yr death anniversary and yes i asked she pay me for time and cooking as its about 20 people and not a casual dinner. Good food is expensive to buy id rather pay than eat not so good food!
You are a great friend for doing this for her!
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Is your elderly friend on Medicaid? The services they will pay for those who are in the community varies widely from state to state. If your friend is eligible for meal preparation help you may be able to provide it. Meals on Wheels is not "free" to the agency providing it; it is simply free to the recipient.

I guess the first step is to find out if she is on Medicaid.

I have been providing a few meals for a friend with a medical crisis in the household. In the old days I would have thought nothing of it. Now that I am a widow on a fixed income, I am very aware of the costs of doing this. If you can be paid and if that would allow you to do more or continue doing it longer, then I sure hope it can happen. No harm in looking!
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No, but bless your heart for doing this.
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If you mean a public agency who will pay you to make meals for her, I would doubt it. Someone else may have better information.

She can get Meals on Wheels for nothing in Illinois if she can't afford it. At least in Cook County, there's a "suggested donation" of $5 per day (5 days a week, if desired). But if you don't pay it, they still deliver meals.

Not a QUARTER as good as yours, I'd guess!!

It's not unreasonable for you to ask your friend, or her family, to pay you something though -- if only for the food itself. Sometimes it's difficult to go from "gifting" to paid though. Maybe you ought to back off and see what happens....?
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