New Study:  Meals on Wheels Reduces Isolation, Loneliness of Clients and Helps Improve Safety  

A Brown University study released in March shows Meals on Wheels (MoW) America’s “More Than Just A Meal” motto is much more than just a catchy phrase.

The report’s findings back up earlier anecdotal evidence that the recipients of MoW’s daily food deliveries feel safer, healthier, less isolated, not as lonely and less worried.  Conducted in late 2013 and early 2014, the 15-week study analyzes the answers of 626 people in eight MoW programs around the country who either were receiving daily meals, weekly meals or were still on a waiting list and not yet receiving food.

The numbers for those receiving daily meal deliveries are predictably the most impressive: Continue reading

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Q& A: Why is Volunteering as a Family Awesome?

While most of the Meals on Wheels volunteers in Frederick County are retired, every once in a while, we have some young folk who want to get involved in the community. This family is one such example- Melissa and her two daughters, Isabel (16), and Lucy (13) delivered Meals on Wheels for about a year. Although they have moved on to other volunteer experiences, and trying to manage their hectic schedules, we had a chance to ask them a few questions about what it was like to volunteer together as a family. Check it out!

Q: Why did you choose to volunteer with Meals on Wheels?

Isabel (age 16): I chose to volunteer with Meals on Wheels because I want to help old people, and also to put it on my college applications.

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Lynn Johnston’s For Better or For Worse comic strip might be reflecting the way Isabel will feel later on after committing herself to amazing volunteer work!

Melissa: I chose Meals on Wheels because I like the sense of satisfaction that comes with feeding people. And I love spending a couple hours with my daughter driving from house to house. Continue reading

Celebrating National Volunteer Month with Breakfast

During April 2015, you can celebrate Lima Bean Respect Day on April 20, Talk Like Shakespeare Day on April 23, or any of these other 17 Offbeat Holidays…But, every day of April, you can celebrate National Volunteer Month!

On the morning of Wednesday, April 8, the the FCDOA celebrated the service and dedication of our Meals on Wheels volunteers by inviting them to a breakfast buffet hosted by Homewood at Crumland Farms, one of the kitchens that also provides Meals on Wheels meals for 4 of the 18 current routes. Homewood provided a splendid spread of scrambled eggs, biscuit and chipped beef gravy, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, and fruit.

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Volunteers enjoyed their breakfast in Homewood’s beautifully decorated room while reveling in the opportunity to speak with other Meals on Wheels volunteers throughout the county. It was a blissful and upbeat morning! Continue reading

2015 March for Meals Community Champions

During our 2015 March for Meals Campaign, we asked local representatives from the County Government, the Commission on Aging and the Senior Needs Leadership Team to help us raise awareness about the Meals on Wheels program of Frederick County. We had the privilege of having 12 representatives ride along with our Meals on Wheels volunteers to deliver meals to Frederick County’s older adults and adults with disabilities. By participating in our campaign, we can now call them our Community Champions!

For many, it was their first time delivering Meals on Wheels. But others have had a deep connection with Meals on Wheels by volunteering for different programs in the past.

A great group before heading off to deliver meals! Frederick Mayor Randy McClement, Dave (MoW Volunteer), Jim (MoW Volunteer), Carol (Commission on Aging Chair), Lynn (MoW Volunteer), Sgt. Courtney (MoW Volunteer)
A great group before heading off to deliver meals! Frederick Mayor Randy McClement, Dave (MoW Volunteer), Jim (MoW Volunteer), Carol (Commission on Aging Chair), Lynn (MoW Volunteer), Sgt. Courtney (MoW Volunteer)

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Senior Citizens with Inadequate Food Have More Than Doubled: Programs Like Meals on Wheels Are Dedicated to Fighting the Problem

Meals on Wheels programs all over the United States, including  one in Frederick County,  have taken on one of the nation’s most pressing challenges — older Americans who don’t get enough nutritious food.

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MoW programs all over America are trying to help the nation provide balanced daily diets to the growing number of homebound seniors who lack adequate food.  According to studies conducted in recent years, the number of elderly Americans unable to obtain enough food more than doubled between 2001 and 2011, and in 2011, 4.8 million seniors — 8.4 percent of the senior citizen population — faced not having sufficient diets.*  Continue reading

Annual Meals on Wheels Campaign Highlights Need for Volunteers, Donations

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Hundreds of Meals on Wheels (MoW) programs in communities all over the country are participating this month in the 13th Annual March for Meals campaign to raise greater awareness and support for MoW.

This effort, led by Meals on Wheels America, involves seeking donations and volunteers in outreach to county and local governments, businesses, service organizations and individual residents who may become volunteers.  In Frederick County, the Department of Aging is contacting county and municipal government officials all over the county.

A highlight of the local month-long promotional effort will be Community Champion Week March 16-20 when community leaders accompany volunteers during meal deliveries to learn why the program is so important to homebound elderly and disabled recipients. Continue reading

“Everybody has a story”: Volunteer Spotlight on Don Mattingly

“There was a man I used to deliver to, and when I first started delivering to him, he was upset because he wanted his meals to arrive earlier. I told him I could switch around the route so that I deliver to him first instead of last. He seemed to like that.

And then I told him, ‘Now I am a man of my word, so I will get you these Meals on Wheels every Wednesday so long as I am able. Even if my car breaks down in the middle of the winter, and I have no shoes or coat, I will walk in the blistery cold to your doorstep so that you get these meals. You have my word.’ After that, he seemed to open up to me.  We were good friends and we would talk for a bit whenever I would deliver to him. Continue reading