Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels South Florida is proud to be a member of Meals on Wheels America. Meals on Wheels operates in virtually every community in America through our network of more than 5,000 independently-run local programs. While the diversity of each program's services and operations may vary based on the needs and resources of their communities, they are all committed to supporting their senior neighbors to live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes.
Together, we galvanize the resources of local community organizations, businesses, donors, sponsors and more than two million volunteers – bolstered by supplemental funding from the Older Americans Act – into a national safety net for our seniors.
Recently, Meals on Wheels America launched a new brand identity and website to show they are, what they do and why our movement matters so much. Click here to view the official press release. To learn more, please visit their website here.
More Than A Meal Nationwide Study
More Than a Meal Research Study conceived by Meals on Wheels America, conducted by Brown University and funded by AARP Foundation, shows impact of meal service delivery on the health and well-being of adults 60 years of age and older.
Meals on Wheels America contracted Dr. Kali Thomas, PhD from Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research to design and execute the 15-week pilot study involving more than 600 senior participants to compare the experience and health outcomes realized by older adults who receive three different levels of service: daily traditional meal delivery, once-weekly frozen meal delivery and individuals on a waiting list for meals.
Key findings include:
- Those receiving and/or requesting Meals on Wheels services are significantly more vulnerable compared to a nationally representative sample of aging Americans.
- Those who received daily-delivered meals experienced the greatest improvements in health and quality of life indicators over the study period compared to the other two groups (individuals who received frozen, weekly-delivered meals and the control group).
- Those receiving daily-delivered meals reported greater benefits from their home-delivered meal experience compared to the group receiving frozen meals.
- Those who lived alone and received daily-delivered meals were more likely to report decreases in worry about being able to remain in home and improvements in feelings of isolation and loneliness over the study period, compared to the other two groups.
Click here to view more information on this study.