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December 7, 2020
Our Meals on Wheels program is one of the most critical of the wrap-around services we provide to our seniors, and we consistently operate in this role with the highest expectations for compassion and integrity. We are proud to have not missed a day of service during this pandemic. Despite our efforts, one or more of our team members may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Although we cannot verify that the virus has actually been contracted, it is our obligation to strive to support the needs of our kitchen staff, and community, through this short period of discovery. This also means that we must enhance our safety protocols, and adapt our meal choices, by securing meals from another source to compensate for the temporary absence of our team members.
That said, we will continue to operate the entire organization under the rigid physician recommended protocols we have employed since the onset of the pandemic. We remain committed to the safety and well-being of our clients, volunteers, and staff and will continue to adjust as necessary. Please continue to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols and remain resilient as we make food security a reality for thousands of seniors.
President and CEO
Council on Aging
Meals on Wheels
If you’ve heard that Meals on Wheels doesn’t work, don’t believe it. Just ask our clients, who receive daily meals from our Meals on Wheels. They depend on the meals being delivered every day because they can’t prepare their own meals anymore, and can’t get out to shop for food. In addition, the daily check-in by a driver is invaluable.
“Thank you for helping me stay independent. It is difficult at my age of 89 years.”
“My mother has gained weight and alertness. Your program is wonderful, and has improved all our lives.”
—Mary, daughter of a client
About our Program
Since 1977, Council on Aging has operated the largest meal program for seniors in Sonoma County.
The Council on Aging Senior Nutrition Services provides over 285,000 meals annually to seniors in need in the following five programs: Meals on Wheels, Congregate Dining, Senior Social Club/Adult Day Respite Program, and Weekend Meals. These meals reach our most vulnerable, food insecure seniors. The meals provide one third of the recommended dietary requirements for seniors. For many clients, it is their only meal of the day.
Council on Aging is committed to reducing food insecurity in the elderly. The commitment costs over a million dollars annually. Only 38% of the program is supplemented by the federal government. We must rely on the support and generosity of the community to cover the remaining costs of the program.
A nutritious diet is the cornerstone to maintaining health and quality of life. We serve a heart-healthy, no added salt, low-fat meal (based on their preferences) to ALL of our recipients.
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The Meals on Wheels program is so much more than just a meal. Our program helps seniors stay in their homes, maintaining their independence and happiness. A daily check by a Meals on Wheels driver allows monitoring for potential problems, falls and accidents. When a senior signs up for Meals on Wheels, they also receive access to other programs operated by Council on Aging including Social Services, Financial Services, Legal Services, Care & Case Management, Senior Peer Support, and Adult Day Social Programs.
A registered dietitian may provide nutritional counseling for at-risk seniors. Vegetarian or Diabetic & Heart Friendly meals are available for those who require modification of their diets. All of these services help seniors stay healthy, reducing costly acute hospital stays.
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