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