Meals on Wheels offerings aren’t one-size-fits-all, and that’s because the health and nutritional needs of meal recipients vary, especially as they age. With a belief in food as medicine, Meals on Wheels programs support general well-being, address chronic illnesses and help older adults age successfully.
All Meals on Wheels clients receive healthy, age-appropriate, nutrient-dense, portion-controlled meals that align with the most up-to-date dietary and hydration guidelines. These are hot and/or cold meals that are provided to primarily homebound individuals in their homes on a regular basis.
Meals tailored to align with cultural and/or medical dietary needs. Culturally tailored meals are those that align with local religious, lifestyle preferences, and regional food practices. Medically tailored meals are designed to support an older adult’s medical condition. Learn more about medically tailored meals.
Ready-to-drink beverages that provide access to a range of nutrients consumed to support an older adult in meeting 100% of their daily nutrition requirements. Supplements are provided based on their nutritional needs, under the consultation of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Required for programs receiving federal funding, nutrition education supports food, nutrition and physical activity choices and behaviors to maintain or improve health and address nutrition-related health conditions.
Nutrition counseling educates older adults on how to plan meals to attain their daily nutrition requirements to optimize their health and well-being and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Nutrition counseling is provided based on their nutritional needs, under the consultation of an RDN.