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.
MOWSWM Executive Director
We are heading into our fourth month of Covid-19 stay at home or partial stay at home. Sadly, confirmed cases now are skyrocketing across the country, leading once again to overwhelmed hospitals and healthcare systems in Texas, Florida and other states.
Caution is the watchword of the day and WEAR YOUR MASK is the mantra.
This pandemic has shown the importance of home and community-based services such as our home- delivered meals program in reducing the risk of contracting the disease for seniors.
Not only have we continued to deliver hot, cold and frozen meals these 4 months, but we have expanded what we deliver into E meals to clients—21 shelf stable meals. We are also working with other organizations on some other special projects distributing fresh produce and fruit in Berrien and Van Buren counties.
On top of all of this, we are developing our process for re-opening congregate meal sites, working with individual senior centers on how to do this safely. It will be on a center-by-center basis and the first test site will probably not open until sometime in July, assuming it is safe enough. Meals will continue to be able to be picked up at Berrien Springs, Buchanan and Coloma senior centers, until the Covid 19 funding ends.
In fact, it can be said that we are in the midst of multiple pandemics: Covid 19, economic shock and violence against persons of color. It is a time of grief, anxiety and uncertainty. I remain hopeful that out of this time, change will come.
AND IT’S SUMMER! My favorite season of the year and I am making sure I take the time away from my computer to sit out on my back deck with my dog, Baldwin, to enjoy the weather and relax. This has been an intense time, as we try to live mindfully and kindly while staying safe and well. May you find time to relax and enjoy the weather and the outdoors. As always, we are here ready to help.
Be well, be safe.
Big thanks to
MOWSWM has just received a generous grant from 5/3 Bank. Thank you, 5/3, for supporting our efforts to keep seniors healthy and in their homes!
also being delivered
Along with the usual hot meals and bag lunches, we're delivering supplemental items to make sure our clients are nourished and able to continue living independently.
The extras include twelve-pound boxes of fresh foods— dairy products, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits— that we're helping distribute.
We've brought Personal Care Kits to our clients.
And, during the growing season, our meals will be
augmented by fresh produce, thanks to partners like Granor Farms and the Harris Family Farm Foundation (that's Billy Burdett below, with some of the
Harris produce-- his wife Katie works at Granor!)
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.
Support from the Berrien Community Foundation includes funding from the Stephen E. Upton Love Your Community Endowment