Adequate nutrition is necessary for health, functionality, and the ability to remain independent. Healthy eating can increase mental acuity, resistance to illness and disease, energy levels, immune system strength, recuperation speed, and the ability to manage chronic health problems. Through home delivery for home bound seniors or congregate meal sites for seniors who are still able to venture out, Meals on Wheels ensures that seniors have access to adequate nutrition even when family support, mobility and resources are lacking.
A Friendly Visit
For many seniors, the trusted Meals on Wheels volunteer of staff member who shows up every day with a hot meal and a warm smile is the only person they see or speak with all day. This special delivery-or the plan to meet with friends at a congregate meal site-is reason to get up in the morning, something to look forward to, and a reminder to take good care of themselves.
Meals on Wheels programs are designed to nourish the body while providing opportunity for socialization to boost the spirit. Whether through a visit from a home delivered driver or while dining at one of the congregate meal sites, seniors feel connected to our agency and to others.
Home Delivered Meals
- A hot, nutrtious meal is delivered each weekday. For those who qualify, evening and weekend meals are available.
Congregate Meal Program
- Meals are served at locations within the city limits and offer opportunity for seniors to engage in activities and socialization with friends
Restaurant Meal Program
- Meals are provided at designated times throughout the week, senior diners order off of a pre-approved menu
- Restaurant Programs are located at MaMaw's Diner in Baltimore and Old Village Diner in Pickerington
Supplemental Food Program
- Commodity supplemental food boxes, Farmer's Market Coupons, and liquid supplements
- regular, pureed, ground, or chopped textures
- choice of chocolate, skim, or 2% milk
- choice of delivery method; hot delivered or frozen
- choice of entree on specified days of the month
- special diets: cardiac, diabetic, and diverticulitis
Menus are approved by a registered dietician to ensure proper nutrition. Nutrition programs are funded in part by: Title III Of the Older American's Act via COAAA, MOW Senior Services Levy, Client & Community Donations and Agency Fundraising. Meals on Wheels Older Adult Alternatives is required to ask for donations for meals services. No participant is denied Tiltle III funded meals due to their inability to contribute as long as funding lasts.
While Meals on Wheels of Fairfield County provides specifications to the restaurant site for providing meals to senior clients, Meals on Wheels of Fairfield County does not inspect the facility for complaince with food safety and health code requirements. Inspections are performed by either the Franklin County Health Department or the Fairfield County Health Department. Meals on Wheels relies on the expertise of Health Inspector for guiding the restaurant facility in matters relating to compliance with food safety and health code. Inspection reports can be found on-line by visiting www.myfcph.org(Franklin County) or www.myfdh.org (Fairfield County)