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Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels)

The Home Delivered Meal program is more than just a meal! Friendly volunteers deliver nourishing hot and frozen meals that are nutritionally balanced to provide one-third of the recommended daily nutritional allowance. Volunteer drivers deliver these meals, offering a short conversation and informal wellness check for participants receiving the meals. This short visit is often the highlight of an isolated and lonely senior's day. It also fosters independent living, a sense of security, and helps to prevent premature or unnecessary admittance into a care facility.

Home Delivered Meals are available throughout Hood River, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, and Wasco Counties. Home Delivered Meals delivery days and times vary from community to community. Upon approval participants will be provided 7 meals per week.

Participants are encouraged to contribute toward the cost of their meal as it helps ensure our program has the sustainability to continue for those that need it. In some communities, a monthly statement indicating the suggested contribution amount will be sent to participants. However, no eligible participant 60 years of age and older shall be denied participation because of failure or inability to contribute.

Eligibility

Persons 60 years of age and older who are homebound by reason of illness, incapacitating disability or are otherwise isolated may be eligible to receive home delivered meals. You may also receive home delivered meals, regardless of age, if you are the spouse or disabled dependent child who resides with the eligible person age 60 and older.

An in-home assessment must be completed by a CAPECO Case Manager to determine eligibility. An in-home assessment will take place upon the initial request for the program and on an annual or as needed basis.

In some cases, meals may be delivered to individuals under the age of 60 who are Medicaid eligible as determined by Aging and People with Disabilities.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:

The Home Delivered Meals program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound persons age 60 and older on both a regular and on-call basis.

All volunteers must complete a volunteer application and background check.

If interested in volunteering, please call 541-276-1926.

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