Meals On Wheels
Meals are prepared in the Silver Sage kitchen by some talented cooks. The same meal is served to the Meals on Wheels clients and those who come to the Center to eat lunch.
The public-private partnership supporting the Meals on Wheels movement is one of the most effective models in America. It enables seniors to remain more healthy and independent in their own homes, where they want to be, avoiding far more costly healthcare alternatives, such as unnecessary trips to the emergency room, hospitalizations, and nursing home placements. In turn, everyone benefits from billions of dollars in taxpayer savings.
Meals on Wheels of Bandera prepares hot, nutritious meals each weekday to homebound seniors living in Bandera County. Our meals are often the primary source of nutrition received by our clients.
Every weekday in Bandera County, Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers more than a meal to seniors. It helps to prevent hunger among our elderly neighbors, improves their ability to remain healthy, and independent in their own homes. Plus, daily interaction with volunteers and staff drivers helps to combat loneliness, and provides a valuable safety check. MOW saves taxpayers dollars by allowing seniors to stay at home and out of nursing facilities.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MEALS ON WHEELS
1. Older adults 60 years of age or older
2. Must be homebound, unable to cook for themselves, and lack outside support
*On a limited basis, disabled individuals under 60 may be eligible for meals if funding is available.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Who prepares the meals, and will it meet my dietary needs?
Meals are prepared Monday through Friday by our dedicated kitchen staff. All meals are prepared in a commercial, high volume kitchen maintained by the Meals on Wheels program. All recipes are approved by a registered dietician and prepared by an experienced culinary staff.
Who delivers the meals?
Each meal is delivered in a microwave-safe container by a trained staff driver or volunteer.
What time is the meal delivered?
Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
How much does it cost to receive meals?
There is no charge for eligible clients provided adequate funding is available. However, donations are gratefully accepted.
How do I refer myself (or someone else) to receive services?
Doctors, community service agencies, relatives, friends, or individuals can make a referral. During business hours, please call the Center at (830) 796-4969.
INTERSTING FACTS ABOUT SILVER SAGE MEALS on WHEELS
*100% say that Meals on Wheels has helped them stay independent and in their home.
*91% say that Meals on Wheels makes them feel more safe and secure.
*40% say that without Meals on Wheels they would not be able to remain in their home.
*84% say they would not have a daily hot, fresh meals without Meals on Wheels.
*29% say they don't have enough money to buy other food.
*85% say the Meals on Wheels is their main meal of the day.
*65% live alone.
*83% eat alone most of the time.
*49% report that our staff and volunteers are the only people they see during a day!