Meals on Wheels
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The services offered through Meals on Wheels are becoming more vital and increasingly critical as our senior population continues to grow.
As the area’s senior nutrition program, we provide consistent and healthy meals to seniors in need each day. We offer meals at select Opportunities for WBC centers as well as home-delivered meals to those whose mobility is limited – thanks in large part to our faithful volunteers.
In 2014 alone, we delivered 108,018 hot, delicious and nutritious meals to seniors that due to illness, age, or disability, are unable to provide proper nutrition for themselves. One of the goals of our home delivered meals, provided 5 days a week, 52-weeks a year, is to enable seniors to remain living independently for as long as possible. Meals are delivered by caring volunteers that offer a human connection for seniors who are often isolated and lonely. For many seniors these volunteers may be the only people they see on a consistent basis. Therefore, volunteers also provide a daily wellness check and can alert staff to any concerns they may have.
Congregate meals are provided at senior and community centers located in Williamson and Burnet counties. 38,000, hot, delicious meals were served in 2014. Seniors enjoy a noon time meal and have multiple opportunities to engage in social and educational activities. Seniors form bonds and enjoy companionship with other seniors, staff and volunteers.
Meals on Wheels is Cost Effective and Promotes Health and Independence
- The average cost for a senior living facility is $50,000 whereas, providing 5 hot meals a week for a year to an independent-living senior is $1,800.
- Meals account for 1/3 of the US Recommended Daily Allowances.
- 97% of seniors report making better nutritional choices as a result of the program.
- 84% of seniors are more aware of healthier eating options.
- 93% report being able to stay in their homes longer because of the program.
- 94% feel more secure in their homes due to volunteer visits.
How it Works
Home delivered meals are provided to those who live in the area and qualify, because they are homebound and over 60. Because of funding shortfalls, there may be a waiting list for homebound services. Please contact your local site leader for an assessment.
People over 60 are invited to eat meals at the senior centers and fill out paperwork for funding. Meals on Wheels and senior center meals are provided at no cost to recipients.
Each person receiving meals is asked to make a monthly “cost share” contribution to help cover the costs if they can. A cost share donation is $2.00 per meal. No one will be turned away who cannot contribute. Donations help to cover the cost of the program that is not funded by federal or state dollars.
Qualifying for Meals
For home delivered meals, the client must be over 60 and homebound by reason of illness, incapacitating disability, or frailty. Other criteria include those who are 60 and over and are homebound and unable to prepare meals due to limited mobility, psychological or mental impairment, are unable to safely prepare nourishing and well-balanced meals, and are without resources such as family friends or other community services to provide them with meals.
For congregate meals, a person must be over 60 years old.
There are no financial qualifications for either program, but home delivered meals programs are focused on low income participants.
To learn more about whether you or a loved one is eligible or to become a volunteer contact Denise Schilli at 512-763-1400.
Meals can be provided for guests a long as the entire cost of the meal is recovered and it does not deprive an eligible person of receiving a meal. Guests and anyone who has not filled out the appropriate paperwork for program participation must pay $7.00 for a meal. Qualified participants are also given the opportunity to share in the cost of the meal. We request a contribution of $3.00. No eligible person shall be denied a meal if they do not contribute.
Volunteers and donations are always needed, welcomed and appreciated!