1Why Home Delivered Meals?
A home delivered meals program provides nutritious meals to persons unable to prepare or obtain their own food. The potential benefits, from the program are:
- Older or handicapped persons may maintain themselves in their own homes.
- Precarious health status may be improved by proper diet, which may prevent hospitalization or institutionalization.
- Persons may be released from hospitals earlier if meals are available at home.
- Isolated homebound persons will receive friendly daily visits.
- Meal deliveries provide daily well-ness visit of health and physical needs, facilitating appropriate referrals to other needed services.
Home delivered meals can improve the dignity and quality of life for recipients. In cases where home delivered meals prevent institutionalization, considerable financial benefits may be realized by the individual recipient, his or her family, and the community as a whole.
2What are the qualifications for Home Delivered Meals?
- The person must be at least 60 years of age or older, or be the spouse, partner, or unpaid caregiver of a person at least 60years of age or older.
- The individual must be homebound; i.e., normally is unable to leave the home unassisted, and for whom leaving home takes considerable and taxing effort. A person may leave home for medical treatment or short infrequent absences for non-medical reasons.
- The person must be unable to participate in the congregate nutrition program because of physical or emotional difficulties.
- The person must be physically and/or emotionally unable to obtain food or prepare complete meals.
- The person must be able to feed him/herself.
- The person must agree to be home when meals are delivered. (Contact the program coordinator when an absence is unavoidable.)
- Eligibility for the program is not based on income.
3Are recipients required to pay for the meals?
The suggested donation is $3.00 per hot meal, but we will never refuse a meal to anyone who is unable to pay.
4How many meals can a recipient receive?
We provide a hot meal Monday through Friday; a fresh daily meal for reheating at the recipient’s convenience and frozen meals for weekends or holidays. We can also provide breakfast bags.
5When does delivery occur?
Our dedicated volunteer drivers start out their day at 9:15 am and are done by 1:00 pm; Monday through Friday. We deliver all over Benzie County.
6How do I apply for Home Delivered Meals?
You, a family member, caregiver, or another agency can call us at (231) 525-0600 or toll-free at 1-888-893-1102. We will ask for your name, address, telephone number, health status, etc. Usually we will start providing meals to you on the next business day and then set up a time to meet with you in your home for an assessment at no cost to you.
7If I am not home, can a driver leave the meal by my door?
No. Part of our Home Delivered Meals Program is to see each client for each delivery. If you are not there to receive your meal and have not notified us we will leave a note to contact us. We also do not want to risk food-borne illness by leaving the meals outside without knowing when they will be refrigerated or consumed.
8Where does the food come from?
All of our meals are prepared by professional kitchen staff at The Gathering Place Senior Center. Our monthly menus are reviewed and approved by a Registered Dietician. We also must conform to the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) Meal Planning Guidelines. Selected kitchen staff personnel must complete a Food Service Manager Certification Training Program.