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  • Writer's pictureVicki Clingman

Meals on Wheels: Providing Peace of Mind for Loved Ones Near and Far

Updated: Feb 12, 2019

It brings me pleasure to write about the Meals on Wheels program that is offered to our Senior Community, as well as others that are homebound. I was first familiar with this service when my dad lived in Cody, alone and in need of some assistance. At that time, I was living in California so it provided comfort to know he received a fresh cooked hot meal Monday thru Friday, as well as other frozen meals he selected to have on hand.

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Many years later as a resident of Cody, my employer at that time announced the need for volunteers at the Senior Center to deliver these meals. I volunteered to donate one lunch hour a week, as did several other employees and I have been at it now for 7 years.

It’s such a rewarding service to be a part of. The seniors or homebound persons I deliver to, are very happy to see me and we have a quick chat once a week. Some of them have no family around to visit them, so it is a pleasure to be a small part of their day and bring them an occasional treat or a holiday plate that they would not otherwise have.

A little bit about the program:

  • The first US delivery was by a small group of Philadelphia citizens in 1954.

  • The intention of the program is to extend the seniors’ independence and health as they age.

  • Currently it is one of the largest and most effective social movements in America, currently helping approximately 2.4 million seniors annually.

  • While we celebrate the increase in lifespan, maintaining health while aging comes with a price. Without programs like Meals on Wheels, millions of seniors are forced to prematurely trade their homes for nursing facilities.

  • We can provide a senior resident Meals on Wheels for an entire year for roughly the same cost as spending one day in the hospital or ten days in a nursing home, saving us all billions of dollars in unnecessary Medicaid and Medicare expenses every year.

  • 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.

  • If you want a bright spot in your life, deliver meals. They need it and are so appreciative.


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