Skip To The Main Content

PROVING THAT MEALS ON WHEELS DELIVERS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A MEAL

 
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

RELEASED MARCH 2015

AARP Foundation     BROWN

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 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. The study’s findings 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.

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.Infographic-for-web-FINAL


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.