Why meals on wheels?


In a world where access to nutritious meals isn't always an option, Meals on Wheels emerges as invaluable lifelines for communities worldwide. But Meals on Wheels is not just about delivering food — it's about nourishment, community, and support as we age.


Addressing Nutritional Needs

Seniors often face distinct challenges related to nutrition, including limited mobility, health conditions, and fixed incomes. Meals on Wheels recognizes these challenges and tailors its services to meet the specific dietary requirements of older adults, ensuring they receive adequate nutrition to support their health and independence.

Our registered dietitian plans all of our menus, where meals meet 1/3 of the daily basic nutritional requirements. This follows the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and meets state regulations for food safety and sanitation. We strive to limit sodium to less than 750 milligrams per meal, limit the calories from fat, and serve whole grains, vegetables, and fresh fruits for fiber.


Independence and Dignity

The services we provide are more than just a meal on the table — they allow older adults to maintain their independence and dignity. By receiving nutritious meals at their doorstep, seniors can continue living in their own homes safely, preserving their autonomy and quality of life.


Combatting Social Isolation

Social isolation is a prevalent issue among seniors, with many facing or at risk of loneliness due to limited mobility or access to technology. One in three Meals on Wheels clients live alone, and the majority of their socializing is when a volunteer delivers their food. These interactions offer a lifeline of human connection, fostering a sense of belonging to the communities they live in.


Cost-Effectiveness and Efficiency

From a broader perspective, Meals on Wheels is a cost-effective and efficient solution to address seniors' nutritional needs. By preventing malnutrition and related health issues, the program helps reduce healthcare costs associated with hospitalizations and medical treatments, ultimately saving resources for both individuals and healthcare systems.


Promoting Community Engagement

While Meals on Wheels serves seniors 60 and over, it also embodies the spirit of community engagement and volunteerism. Volunteers play a crucial role in the program, generously donating their time and energy to support their elderly neighbors. This fosters a sense of togetherness and compassion within communities, enriching the lives of both volunteers and recipients alike.

In a society where nutrition and social support cannot be overstated, Meals on Wheels stands out as a beacon of hope and care for these vulnerable populations. By addressing nutritional needs, preserving independence, combating social isolation, and promoting community engagement, it serves as a testament to the power of collective action in creating a healthier, more compassionate world. Meals on Wheels nourishes bodies and nurtures the spirit of empathy and solidarity that binds us as a community.