About Meals on Wheels

If you would like to sign up for meal delivery, or dining center meals please contact us
at (785) 336-2714 for Seneca and (785)284-3594 for Sabetha.

 

There are two options for meal services through Meals on Wheels Nemaha County: home delivered meals and dining center meals.

          Meals on Wheels Congregate Dining Centers:
Individuals over the age of 60 may reserve a meal at one of the local dining centers located in Sabetha and Seneca. Meals are served Monday through Friday at 11:30am and reservations must be made by 8:30am the day of. In addition to a well-balanced and nutritious meal, individuals will receive nutrition education and may enjoy the opportunity to socialize and make new friends as well as participate in other activities. (Please call the office for alternative options for Centralia and Corning residents.)   

          Meals on Wheels home delivered program provides one key element in the ability to live independently for homebound, seniors and disabled individuals in Nemaha counties. Each weekday, a hot meal is brought to their home. Meals on Wheels also provides a daily safety check for clients. Meals are nutritionally balanced, provide variety and are tailored to meet special dietary needs.

Safety Check:
Volunteers who deliver meals play a vital role by reporting to Meals on Wheels any health and environmental changes or crises they may have observed during their visits. This includes participants that did not answer their door and changes in behavior and/or surroundings. Reported and suspected issues will be immediately addressed by Meals on Wheels staff to carry-out next steps as previously outlined by participants or their caregivers. Meals on Wheels staff establish a baseline of function and environment at the initial home visit and annually thereafter.
 
Eligibility:
  • Person 60 years of age or older who is Homebound(difficulty leaving the home unassisted)
  • Person 60 years of age or older who is Isolated
  • Person 60 years of age or older who is a Caretaker, as long as it is in the participant's best interest
  • Spouse of an Eligible Participant as long as it is in the participant's best interest
  • Disabled or Dependent Individual who resides in a non-institutional setting with an eligible participant and it is in the participant's best interest
  • Registered congregate meal participant who needs a home-delivered meal(s) due to an illness or health condition.
 
Menu Development and Nutritional Requirements:
  • The Meals on Wheels Dietitian must certify in writing documentation of nutritional adequacy which includes the following:
  • A target of 800mg. of sodium per meal will be provided with a maximum of 1000 mg. of sodium provided on a weekly average per meal;
  • A minimum of 625 calories per meal will be provided with a weekly target goal of 750-850 per meal based on a weekly average;
  • Thirty-percent (30%) or less as fat will be provided per meal based on a weekly average.
  • A minimum of one-third (1/3) of the RDA per meal daily for Vitamin C, protein, calcium, and thiamin;
  • A minimum of one-third (1/3) of the RDA will be provided per meal based on weekly averages for Vitamin A and iron. 
  • The menu must consider the special needs of older adults and incorporate input solicited from older adults including their food preferences and needs;
  • The meals must comply with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which includes the Good Guide Pyramid, as published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture;
  • The meals must provide a minimum of the current recommended dietary allowances (RDAs), which are established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Meals on Wheels must utilize standardized recipes at each of its production facilities that prepare certified menus. Standardized recipes are required to ensure an accurate and valid nutrient analysis.