If you know a vulnerable elderly person who is in need of food is blog is for you.
According to their website, “Meals on Wheels operate in virtually every community in American to address senior hunger and isolation.” This service has been in operation since 1954 and currently services 2.4 million seniors annually. This unique program combats two important areas in an elderly person’s life: The need for proper nutrition and the personal delivery of a prepared meal which, in and of itself, also addresses senior isolation. It is reported that more than half of the recipients of these meals live alone. To have another person enter the home of a lonely elderly person on a daily basis and provide a meal, together with a warm smile, fills a vast void in their normally secluded existence.
All of the meals provided by Meals on Wheels meet the dietary guidelines set forth by The Older Americans Act Nutrition Program. However, each of these meals are tailored meet both the individual’s medical needs as well as their cultural preferences. In addition, two out of three recipients report that the meals they receive make up half or more of the food they eat on a daily basis.
Meals on Wheels is a great program, whose mission is “To empower local community programs to improve the health and quality of life of the seniors they serve so that no one is left hungry or isolated.” To learn more about Meals on Wheels and how you can either obtain help for a needy senior or else how you can volunteer or donate funds, please visit their website at [https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org]
To find a Meals on Wheels near you, simply follow this link and insert your zip code into the search box. [https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/find-meals]
Meals on Wheels operates with a small staff together with community volunteers. If you feel you would like to volunteer, follow this link: [https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/americaletsdolunch]
During the COVID Pandemic, Meals on Wheels has risen to the occasion. Since March 2020, Meals on Wheels has seen a 47% increase of seniors in the need for their services. Due to this increase as well as the rise in cost for food and supplies necessary for safety precautions, there has been a 97% increase in the cost for this service. If you feel you would like to donate to this program, follow this link: [https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/take-action/donate/individual-giving]
IMPORTANT: Thanksgiving and Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving is a completely separate and stand-alone operation from Meals on Wheels. It focuses exclusively on the delivery of Thanksgiving meals to all in need. Not just senior citizens. In order to participate in this particular program. If you are interested in receiving you can contact them at 651-699-5404 any time after November 1.
Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.
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