Meals on Wheels: Nutrition Brought to Your Door
A healthy diet is important for everyone. However, homebound older adults—due to illness or disability—are not always able to shop or cook for themselves. These individuals can be at risk for malnutrition.
At Sourcewise, our Meals on Wheels program partners with the Senior Nutrition Program to serve hundreds of seniors throughout Santa Clara County. Meals on Wheels drivers deliver a weekly grocery supply including frozen entrees, fresh fruit, bread, and other items right to our client’s door. Our service also supplies microwaves to individuals who do not have one at all or one that is in working condition.
The Meals on Wheels program currently serves over 970 individuals throughout Santa Clara County, which is an increase of over 10% from last year.
To enroll in Meals on Wheels, a client speaks with a nutrition coordinator about their situation. A home visit allows a more thorough review of the client’s needs. During the in-home interview, if the coordinator realizes other support services may be helpful, a referral list of additional support options is provided. If a client is not eligible for Meals on Wheels, other meal options will be explored.
As a personal touch, nutrition coordinators also enjoy celebrating birthdays with clients, and they simply call to check in on an individual’s well-being.
Eligible recipients of Meals on Wheels are:
- 60 years of age or older (with some exceptions)
- Unable to shop or cook for themselves
Sourcewise is able to provide the Meals on Wheels program because of generous contributions received. A suggested daily contribution of $1.80 is requested from participants, however, no client is ever denied a service if unable to pay this amount. All contributions are welcome so that this vital program can continue serving seniors throughout our community.
If you would like more information on the Meals on Wheels program at Sourcewise, please call us at (408) 350-3200, option 1.