Issues of Aging: Senior Community Resources
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?John Lennon (1967)
Senior Community Resources are important to the health and well being of seniors. It starts in local communities.
Meals on WheelsThe Meals on Wheels concept of delivering food to the homes of those in need has its roots in World War II England, with a post-war program starting in Great Britain in 1947. The idea spread to the U.S. in 1954. A 2008 Study by the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) had surprising findings: 2.5 million older Americans are at significant risk for hunger, while twice that many (over 5 million, approximately 11.4% of seniors) have some food insecurity. Though the poor and minorities chances of hunger are increased, over 50% of all seniors who are at-risk of hunger have incomes above the poverty threshold, and over two-thirds of seniors at-risk of hunger are Caucasian. Seniors living in non-metropolitan areas are as likely to experience food insecurity as those in metropolitan areas.
Meals on Wheels programs not only provide food to people isolated in their homes, many offer group meals in Senior Center or other settings (“congregate meals”). While delivered meals are usually reserved for those who have difficulty getting outside their homes due to injury, illness, or lack of mobility, group meals are usually open to all. Your finances are not part of the criteria to qualify for Meals on Wheels, though programs may ask for donations.
In Oregon, Meals on Wheels programs are offered by a wide range of volunteer organizations - Senior Centers, church based, or other non-profit groups. See below for a state wide index. Refer to the Senior Center section above for information for their group meal offerings.
Oregon Cities index, from MealCall website.