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Meals on Wheels Program

Hunger is more than just a growling sensation in the stomach; it’s an emotional and physical stress that, when prolonged, may cause serious health problems and a substantial loss in the quality of life.

Nutrition is vital to keep seniors healthy and independent by preventing malnutrition, reducing risk of chronic diseases / related disabilities, supporting better mental / physical functioning, managing common chronic diseases. Many seniors need minimal support to remain home, but without, end up in nursing homes. Investing in home delivered meals reduces the number of “lowcare” seniors in nursing homes.

The Meals on Wheels program provides a warm noon meal to homebound and /or handicapped adults within the city limits of Oshkosh. Oshkosh Family, Inc. staff provides coordination and support services for the program. Specialized diets are available upon request.

Individuals referred may have recently been hospitalized or in a rehab facility and need assistance with meals to aid in their recovery when they return home. Some are experiencing slow declines associated with chronic health conditions. Others are unable to prepare appropriate meals putting themselves at risk for undernourishment or malnutrition as contributing factors for additional health problems or consideration for self neglect. Recipients are generally elderly although age is not a criteria for eligibility; disabled adults; or caregivers in need of “a helping hand”.

Regular contact is maintained with recipients or their families to help toward ensuring their nutritional well-being, allowing them to stay happy, healthy, and independent longer. The program provides the added benefit of a friendly contact and a safety check. Meals are delivered between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 pm..

To keep the meals affordable, recipients only pay for the cost of the food and its preparation. Community volunteers provide delivery without charge. Persons who are low income may be eligible for a reduced fee. Please check with the Meals on Wheels Coordinator for more information.

How Apply?..Please Contact Us directly

Oshkosh Family Inc. / Meals on Wheels is a member of the Wisconsin Association of Nutrition Directors
and Meals on Wheels Association of America


Volunteer Opportunities with Meals on Wheels

Regular drivers have the same general route on the same day each week. They become familiar with the people they deliver to and frequently are able to assist the office with evaluations of situations based on their observations.

Substitute drivers may deliver on any route as they have time available. While they may not be as familiar with their people, they are generally able to spot changes in routines quickly.

Groups may adopt a route to be delivered once a week, rotating volunteers within the group.

Families with preschoolers or who are home-schooling their children are welcome to participate.

Non-delivery opportunities include making greeting cards, tray favors, etc.

How Apply?..Please Contact Us directly

 

Oshkosh Family Inc. / Meals on Wheels is a member of the Alliance of Volunteer Agencies, Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin, Inc., and the Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association.

 
 
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