Updated March 16, 2020
Meals on Wheels serves an incredibly vulnerable population and is often the primary lifeline delivering so much more than just a meal, especially in uncertain times. Across the country, local programs are monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, taking precautions to protect these high-risk individuals, preparing for increased demand and developing new ways of delivering services. Nationally, we are urging the Administration to ensure local senior nutrition programs are adequately resourced. It is critical that these community-based programs have access to supplemental federal funding and clear, timely emergency guidance.
Like many illnesses, older adults face higher risks of contracting COVID-19 and/or experiencing complications, particularly if they also have chronic medical conditions. According to CDC, if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
We encourage concerned individuals to follow state and local health department communications for the best information and accurate instructions for each unique community.
We know the critical importance of preparation in times like this and understand the delicate balance between panic and preparedness. As the impact of COVID-19 evolves, Meals on Wheels America will continue to support its membership as they do everything in their power to keep their communities and seniors safe. If you are interested in learning what you can do to support your local Meals on Wheels provider during this time, we encourage you to reach out directly. You can identify them using our Local Program Search here.