Meals on Wheels People Provides Emergency Meals to Homebound Seniors in Advance of Inclement Weather

To ensure that all homebound elderly have sufficient meals during upcoming inclement weather, Meals on Wheels People will deliver a two-day supply of shelf-stable meals the week of Nov. 5 to more than 3,000 homebound participants throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties. Participants will receive instructions to save these meals until they receive a call from their Meals on Wheels People center advising them to use these emergency supplies. The package will  include two complete shelf-stable meals.

On days when weather is so severe that the majority of volunteer drivers cannot deliver meals, Meals on Wheels People staff will phone all Meals on Wheels recipients to conduct a wellness check and to instruct clients to consume one of their emergency meals. A cadre of pre-approved emergency weather drivers will be available to bring food to homebound elderly who are completely without food. Anyone interested in serving as a bad weather volunteer driver is encouraged to register at volunteer.mowp.org or call Catie at 503.953.8101. A background check will be required.

About Meals on Wheels People: Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. We provide more than a meal to thousands of older adults in the greater Portland metro area. Our service not only alleviates hunger and social isolation, but allows seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes. Aging in place reduces depression, falls and hospitalization as well as the high cost of institutional care. For more information, visit: mowp.org.

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