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MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA RESEARCH

Designed to change the way this country cares for its seniors.

    MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA'S
    MORE THAN A MEAL RESEARCH 

    The national Meals on Wheels network continues to face limited funding, rising costs, unprecedented demand and need and increasing for-profit competition. That is why Meals on Wheels America has set out to validate what we’ve all known for decades anecdotally through firsthand experience: that Meals on Wheels does in fact deliver so much more than just a meal.

    MORE THAN A MEAL PILOT RESEARCH STUDY

    AARP Foundation     BROWN

    In March of 2015, Meals on Wheels America released the results of the More Than a Meal Pilot Research Study that set out to compare the experience and health outcomes realized by older adults who receive three different levels of service: daily traditional meal delivery, once-weekly frozen delivery and individuals on a waiting list. 

    This study, funded by AARP Foundation and conducted by researchers at Brown University, implemented a groundbreaking approach to investigating the impact of meal service delivery on homebound seniors receiving Meals on Wheels.

    Download the full report       Download the Executive Summary
    Download the Infographic      Download the Social Media Images

    This report is intended to be disseminated freely. In reproducing any excerpts of this report, please provide a credit that recognizes Meals on Wheels America, such as: The More Than a Meal Pilot Research Study was produced by Meals on Wheels America and conducted by Brown University through a grant provided by AARP Foundation.


     
    ADDITIONAL MORE THAN A MEAL RESEARCH UPDATES

    May 25, 2016 - West Health Institute Launches More Than a Meal Phase 3 with Meals on Wheels America and Brown University to Investigate the Benefits of Adding Safety and Health Screenings for Homebound Seniors

    The Gary and Mary West Health Institute, Meals on Wheels America and a research group in the Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research are collaborating on a two-year research program to investigate opportunities to improve the general health and well-being of homebound seniors by integrating health and safety screenings into daily meal delivery services. The research will be taking place in the following cities:

    Cambridge, OH – Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center
    Fort Worth, TX – Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County
    Raleigh, NC – Meals on Wheels of Wake County
    San Diego, CA – Meals on Wheels of Greater San Diego, Inc.
    Sheboygan, WI – Fresh Meals of Sheboygan County
    Westwood, NJ – Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels

    Read more here.

    February 25, 2016 - Meals on Wheels America Receives Grant from Gary and Mary West Foundation to Launch More Than a Meal Phase 2 to Explore Healthcare Benefits of Meal Delivery for Homebound Seniors

    Meals on Wheels America has been awarded a grant from the Gary and Mary West Foundation to conduct a retrospective review of the demographic and associated healthcare information of Meals on Wheels recipients to gain insight on the program's health benefits to Medicare recipients.

    Read more here.

    DISPELLING MYTHS: SUPPORTING PUBLIC POLICY
    FOR GREATER IMPACT AND SUSTAINABILITY

    In July 2015, Meals on Wheels America was awarded a one-year grant from The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) to fund the project titled: Dispelling Myths: Supporting Public Policy for Greater Impact and Sustainability. Read the press release announcing the project here

    By collecting and analyzing data through focus groups, surveys and other research, the project aims to identify the most common misinterpretations and policy barriers that constrain nutrition programs and keep them from best meeting the needs of seniors in a changing home and community-based services (HCBS) environment. Once these obstacles are uncovered and accurately interpreted, the information will be used to educate the field, enable them to expand capacity, and improve operations across State Units on Aging (SUAs), Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and the OAA Nutrition Programs themselves.

    As part of this project, we will be conducting focus groups, surveys, and other research to identify the most common misconceptions and policy barriers. Once we identify these barriers, we will provide accurate interpretations of these policies so that senior nutrition programs like yours can meet the needs of vulnerable seniors in your communities. 

    If you are interested in participating in this research or have any questions regarding the project, please contact the project’s Policy Research Fellow, Lindsay Houff at lindsay@mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

    STATE POLICY MAP

    Click on your state below to be directed to your state’s nutrition policies.

    Please note that each image is linked an external document from the corresponding state.