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