Our meals are prepared to fit into most diet plans. They are portion controlled to provide 1/3 of a senior’s RDI (required daily intake). No salt is added during cooking, they have no trans fats, and they average 800 calories a meal with 85 grams of carbohydrates. Menus are prepared by a registered dietitian and use in-season produce whenever possible.

Director's Note


Linda Strohl

MOWSWM Executive Director

What's Happening

Extra resources for 
Benton Harbor residents

In the midst of big challenges: pandemic, politicization of the pandemic, elevated lead in water, water main breaks, food shortages, production backups, and kitchen closures.... I want to take time to say how grateful I am for my staff and volunteers. Always ready to help, patient and forgiving, they are each and every one of them gems. So please take a minute to thank them for youir meal. It will make their day and make you feel good too.

 

The weather is changing. It was quite chilly on my run this morning. My puppy, who comes from a breed of dogs who sleep out in the snow in the Alps in the winter, is loving the cooler weather. Thanksgiving is not far away with Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's right behind that.  

 

This is always a time for reflection for me and hopefully, a time to slow down a bit. We have come far this year, and while we don't know what next year will bring, we will try to meet your needs, present and emerging.

 

We are working with the state to deliver water only to clients affected by the high lead counts in the water in Benton Harbor. This is a big lift for us on top of all the other things that we are doing, but we are glad to be able to help our Benton Harbor seniors this way. Two substitute drivers have volunteered to help and I know a friend is also willing. Be sure to thank these people, working so hard, as well.

 

So, gratitude and thanks are the theme for this note.  Find something, anything to be grateful for. And spread thanks widely and generously in this season.

Due to ongoing problems with lead in drinking water in the city of Benton Harbor, bottled water is being distributed and other kids of assistance are being made available, including free blood tests and home inspections.

For a full rundown of resources being offered, click

HERE.
 

Seniors in Covert had a few tricks (and treats!) up their sleeves at our annual Halloween party at the Van Buren Civic Organization, which is the MOWSWM meal site in Covert.

 

17 seniors enjoyed decorating pumpkins, eating a “spooky “ lunch catered by CK Catering of Benton Harbor. They “shopped” our mobile farmers market for good fresh food-- thanks to Alex Gallert of Alex's Veggies in Stevensville. Attendees played games, won door prizes and some even dressed up!  

 

Ms. Bobbi as “Ms. America” won best costume (below left). The best-decorated pumpkin prize went to Ms. Carmelita (below, center). Below right, in front of the mobile farmers market are MOWSWM Executive Director Linda Strohl and Marissa Harris, dressed as a Certified Nursing Assistant-- not a costume, she has a CNA license! The Covert Halloween party happens every year, put on by MOWSWM and funding from Covert Township.   

Halloween fun
in Covert!
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New help for 
our "pet project"

November brings another donation of pet food from Michiana Humane Society via our friends at Welcott Farm to help our seniors with pets ! Thank you all!

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What we do:
beautifully explained

The good folks at Wisecracker Studios made the moving and informative film below, to describe what Meals on Wheels of SW Michigan is all about.If it makes you even more committed to support our mission, please do make a donation by clicking HERE.

About Meals on Wheels of SW Michigan

Senior Nutrition Services (now Meals on Wheels of Southwestern Michigan) is an independent 501 (C) (3) which helps seniors remain in their homes by providing meals served at community sites, in restaurants, and delivered directly to clients' homes. Our goal is to nourish, support, and connect our seniors to services to help them remain living independently, safely and with dignity.  Services are available in Berrien, Van Buren, and Cass counties; the Cass Co. Council on Aging provides home-delivered meals in that area.

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Support from the Berrien Community Foundation includes funding from the Stephen E. Upton Love Your Community Endowment