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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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

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

“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