Trillium Community Health Plan Grants Meals on Wheels People $1.75M to Support Medically Tailored Meals Program | Meals on Wheels People

Trillium Community Health Plan Grants Meals on Wheels People $1.75M to Support Medically Tailored Meals Program

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Grant allows Meals on Wheels People to extend medically tailored meal delivery to over 500 individuals, enhancing health outcomes for hospital patients and their families.

(March 4, 2024 – Portland, OR) Meals on Wheels People (MOWP) is thrilled to announce the receipt of two grants from Trillium Community Health Plan (Trillium), totaling $1,745,057. This funding supports the delivery of medically tailored meals to individuals discharging from Adventist Health Portland and VA Portland Health Care System and eligible household family members. The funding will continue for three years.

Launched in 2021, the Medically Tailored Meals (MTM) program by Meals on Wheels People partners with health systems to ensure individuals who are at risk for food insecurity receive tailored meals to meet specific health care needs delivered right to their doorstep. Research published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal shows that medically tailored meals lead to fewer emergency department visits and hospitalizations, savings on health care costs, and improved quality of life and ability to manage chronic disease.

Each year of the grant, over the course of three years, MOWP will serve two medically tailored meals a day for up to 120 days post-discharge to more than 400 patients and 100 additional family members. Meals are delivered weekly to the patient’s home by vetted and trained MOWP volunteers, helping to remove barriers to nutrition like limited mobility and transportation faced by many patients after leaving the hospital.

“Trillium is proud to partner with Meals on Wheels People to improve health outcomes by providing medically tailored meal services to individuals at risk for food insecurity and their families,” said Sarah Kelley Brewer, plan president and CEO of Trillium Community Health Plan. “Our organizations are committed to removing barriers to care, advancing equity, and connecting people to the services and community support they need to transform their health. Together we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of Oregonians.”

Added Meals on Wheels People CEO Suzanne Washington: “We are immensely grateful for Trillium’s generous support, which marks a significant milestone in our journey to combat food insecurity and enhance health outcomes. This funding allows us to not only continue but also expand our Medically Tailored Meals program, reaching more individuals in need. For the first time, we can extend our care to the families of our participants, acknowledging that health and well-being are deeply interconnected within households. This is a bold step forward in our mission to deliver not just meals but hope and health to our community.”


About Meals on Wheels People

Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. We provide meals and human connection to thousands of older adults and families in the greater Portland metro and Vancouver areas. Our services alleviate hunger and social isolation and empower older adults to live independently with dignity in their own homes. For more information, visit

About Trillium Community Health Plan

Trillium Community Health Plan serves Oregon Health Plan members through the CCO model, which began in 2012. Trillium is a recognized leader for outstanding coordination of care and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), a leading healthcare enterprise dedicated to transforming the health of communities, one person at a time. It was first awarded a contract with the state of Oregon to help manage care for the Oregon Health Plan in 1999. Trillium partners with an extensive group of providers to improve care and access to services for OHP members. For more information, please visit

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