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
I always think of November as the month of gratitude. I try to be grateful for things great and small— for life, for the love of my late husband, for my gentle dog sleeping beside me. I think that this helps me stay present in my life, and not always look ahead or behind or for something else. We have also been told that being grateful is good for our physical and mental health. Here are some thoughts on that.
The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, and gratefulness, depending on the context. In some ways gratitude encompasses all these meanings.
Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals— whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
In positive psychological research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past (retrieving positive memories and being thankful for elements of childhood or past blessings), the present (not taking good fortune for granted as it comes), and the future (maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude). Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone's gratitude, it's a quality that individuals can succesfully cultivate further— Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School
Grateful living is important in the world because in our constant pursuit of more and better, we can easily lose sight of the riches that lay right in front of us and within us— Guri Mehta
Grateful living is a way of life which asks us to notice all that is present and abundant— from the tiniest things of beauty to the grandest of our blessings— and, in so doing, to take nothing for granted. We can learn to acknowledge that life is a gift. Grateful living is supported by daily practices, tools, habits of mind and behaviors that can be learned, translated and applied to many aspects of our lives. It is also nourished in community and in relationships.
Small grateful acts every day can uplift us, make a difference, and help change the world.
Our drivers don't give up!
That's our volunteer
driver Andrew Muday
beyond dedication on
his Van Buren County
Andrew had to walk
nearly a half-mile to get
meals to his client, due to road construction.
The old Post Office slogan comes to mind: ""Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"
Bravo Andrew, for your dedication to our seniors!
Art of Living Well, 2019--
a happy time in Harbert!
AOLW 2019 was a great success, with well more than 100 tickets sold.
Our meal sponsorship appeal will finance daily meals for 33 months for an at-risk senior in our area.
And the silent auction for artworks on display at the event brought in 20% more than last year's auction.
Thanks to Judith Racht for opening her gallery doors and thanks to all the area eateries who provided delectables for our celebration.
Harbor Country News
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
Sincere thanks to
the Pokagon Fund
We are just completing a 2-year grant in which 144 Harbor Country homebound seniors received 28,444 meals. We couldn't have done it without support from the Pokagon Fund— our meal requests are growing faster than our funding. Thank you, Pokagon Fund, for what you do for us and for all Harbor Country!