It’s More Than a Meal
Does making a meal feel like too much work? As a senior, are you tempted to just snack on what is handy, rather than prepare something nutritious? Whether you want a hot, healthy meal on a temporary basis or would like home-delivered meals for an indefinite period of time, you can enjoy daily evening meals made fresh by chefs and delivered to your door from our Evening Meals on Wheels Program.
Many meal options are available. For example, we can accommodate special diets including gluten free, vegetarian, and very low sodium. The menus, reviewed by a Registered Dietitian, feature a wonderful variety of delicious entrees.
We have been serving senior meals since 1973, and formally established the Evening Meals on Wheels program in 1991. It is the only Evening Meals on Wheels program in Dane County. In April 2010, the quality of our Evening Meals on Wheels Program earned Magnet Accreditation at the Exemplary Level from Meals on Wheels America. We are the first and only program in Wisconsin to receive this distinction for high quality.
What really matters is helping the elders in our community. Senior hunger is real, and we’re doing our part to make sure no senior goes hungry. We are actively raising funds to support this program and seniors in need. We are a local, nonprofit organization that doesn’t receive any federal funding for our evening Meals on Wheels program. Instead, we rely on local support.
We also appreciate support from more than 250 volunteers who have opened their hearts and their cars to deliver evening meals. These volunteers help ensure that no senior goes hungry. They also check on the person’s well-being, and their presence brightens that person’s day. As one volunteer said, “I believe in what Independent Living does because I know first-hand from my volunteer experience. It made me happy to put smiles on clients’ faces and chat for a minute.” Our thanks go out to all volunteers and to all donors who contribute financially to our program. Thank you for making a difference.
Become a Meal Delivery Volunteer
Please join a wonderful group of volunteers who support Evening Meals on Wheels by delivering meals. The hour or so of your time that you donate means so much to the clients who receive meals from your hands. You make a difference in their lives, not only by delivering a fresh meal, but also by your smile and your presence. For some homebound clients, you may be the only outside person they see all day. A quick “hello, how are you?” is all it takes.
Still not convinced this program merits your time? Read what one blogger has to say about her family’s experience with Independent Living’s Evening Meals on Wheels. Thank you, Wolowik Family, for sharing your thoughts about what volunteering means to you!
*Meals include: entree, salad or vegetable, assorted bread & butter, fruit and dessert. Our nutritious evening meals are reasonably priced and available for delivery to anyone interested in purchasing a dinner or dinners through our program. Some subsidies may support qualified clients.
Educating Tomorrow’s Professionals
Our Evening Meals on Wheels program collaborates with the UW Health Dietetics Program to provide interns a unique opportunity to learn about this important community service. During their rotation with us, interns learn about customer satisfaction and national accreditation standards, and often prepare an article about best practices in home-delivered meals. They also assist with quality control by checking food temperatures during the distribution process and monitoring elapsed time. When possible, interns go with our EMOW manager to visit new clients at home and conduct nutritional risk assessments. These assessments document nutritional and health status, food sensitivities, and other aspects. Plus, when possible, interns develop new recipes for our clients on special diets, particularly 2-gram low sodium diets. We’re delighted to share a wonderful recipe created specifically for us: Honey and Ginger Chicken with Caramelized Butternut Squash. Not only delicious, it is also heart healthy with just 2 grams of sodium!