The Dish on Who Can Receive Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a service known across the nation, and everyone respects it as a service that provides food to people who need it. The national Meals on Wheels slogan is “So no senior goes hungry,” but the Frederick County Department of Aging serves more than just seniors. So the important question to answer is who exactly does Meals on Wheels of Frederick County serve?Add text

“The Frederick County Department of Aging offers programs and activities that support older adults and adults who have a disability in their effort to remain healthy, active and independent and to age in place with dignity.” This is taken directly from our website, and we mean it! Of our current Meals on Wheels clients, most are seniors over the age of 60, but we are serving 7 adults under 60 years-old with disabilities that prevent them from accessing or preparing food. Continue reading

Meals on Wheels Needs Contributions

“Meals on Wheels (MoW) is a wonderful program.  A lot of people depend on it, including me.  I don’t know what I would do without it.”

The sentiment of Hannah, a chatty MoW recipient on the east side of Frederick, is typical.  The program provides two nutritious meals a day to homebound elderly and disabled Frederick County residents and today, it is an important lifeline for up to 150 recipients every month like Hannah.

By this time next year, there should be a much higher number of people served as the program is expanded into new communities all over the county, including Middletown, Braddock Heights, Mount Airy and New Market. Continue reading

“Something Nice”: A MoW Volunteer Story

In honor of the upcoming holiday, I would like to share a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” While this very powerful quote delves deeper into meanings and sentiments that I will not explore in this blog, it relays the simple vision that love is strong and serves to make this world a much better place. Even the smallest act of love and kindness can make a huge impact.

Here is one such example of this principle:

*disclaimer: names have been changed at the volunteer’s request, and direct quotes have been paraphrased*

Yesterday, one of my volunteers, Sharla, strolled into the office with a brown plastic grocery bag in hand. She said, “I want to share something nice with you. You like nice things, don’t you?” Continue reading

Meals on Wheels Provides Food, Companionship and Safety Monitoring

Lisa Renn, a fellow Meals on Wheels (MoW) volunteer driver, articulated on the phone the other day precisely what I think is one of the key benefits of the program:  the volunteers delivering meals provide companionship and every day, they monitor the well-being of recipients.  MoW involves far more than just the delivery of nutritious food.

“I think being lonely is something that is underrated today,” Renn said.  “A lot of people don’t have someone looking out for them and I think it is good just having an extra set of eyes on them [when we deliver meals to their homes].” Continue reading