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Delivering So Much More Than A Meal


September 6, 2018

Meals on Wheels is the only federally supported program designed specifically to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors. Our Meals on Wheels program delivers to the homes of our community’s most at-risk individuals.


51% of our Meals on Wheels recipients are age 75 or older
63%  are women 11% are veterans
35% live at the federal poverty level 55% are a racial or ethnic minority
60% live alone 68% take 6+ medications each day


Hundreds of volunteers enable over 160,000 meals to be delivered to more than 1,100 seniors in our community each year. These in-home visits provide unique opportunities to meet nutritional needs, reduce social isolation, address safety hazards and provide holistic care.

For the 60% of recipients who live alone, the person delivering the meal is often the only person they will see that day. The socialization aspects of the meal delivery are as important, if not more so, than the nutrition it provides. Research by the Meals on Wheels America organization indicates that one in five seniors feel lonely and that the negative effects of loneliness on health are similar to  smoking up to 15 cigarettes in a day! This is a staggering statistic and shows why what we do is so important to the health of the elderly in our community.

If you’d like to read more about this research and the implication on seniors, please visit:
The Escalating Problem of Senior Hunger & Isolation

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