Meals on Wheels

Sponsored by:

The Connection

Project Champion:

Teresa Beahen-Lipman
director@blainecountyseniors.org

What are the appropriate grade levels:

K through 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

2 classes

Is there an opportunity for community service:

Yes

Is this a new or existing project:

Existing project

Summary

Work with The Connection to develop a unique project for your classroom to support meals on wheels.

Home Delivered Meals are made fresh right in the Senior Connections kitchen each morning the meals are delivered. Meals are healthy and meet RDA requirements. We prepare special need diets for diabetic, low salt etc.

Meals include protein, vegetables, starch, desert, snacks, drinks, fruit, etc. New Menus are printed monthly.

Description

Even the most independent among us, if fortunate to live long enough, may experience a decline in mobility or health that can strip away our independence and diminish the quality of our lives. Great advances in medicine have extended our average life expectancy to a record high of 78.7 years. Living longer means more years spent in the struggles that accompany old age. Add to that the increase in geographic mobility of our families and the result is millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone.

Meals on Wheels has been guided by a single goal since the first known U.S. delivery by a small group of Philadelphia citizens in 1954 – to support our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age. What started as a compassionate idea has grown into one of the largest and most effective social movements in America, currently helping nearly 2.5 million seniors annually in virtually every community in the country.

or millions of Americans, Meals on Wheels is literally the difference between remaining in their own homes and needing to relocate to a nursing facility. The nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check help them cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence. Research proves that when seniors have the right support, they gain greater quality of life, need fewer hospital stays and live longer.

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