Salt Lake County Meals on Wheels MealsPlus Program

MealsPlusVolunteer_advert_2015-2By Sean Bailey, Aging and Adult Services Communications Manager

In collaboration with Utah State University Salt Lake Extension and participating community partners, Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services is proud to offer the MealsPlus Fresh Produce Program.

An increasingly urgent issue facing older adults today is meeting everyday nutritional needs. The availability of fresh produce to homebound seniors is often low due to access and/or resources. Many homebound seniors receive nutritious mid-day meals through Salt Lake County’s Meals on Wheels program. Most of these seniors do not have easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables for other meals and snacks. The MealsPlus Program provides a locally-grown, fresh produce option for Meals on Wheels recipients. The Meals on Wheels program delivers mid-day meals to frail and isolated older adults Monday thru Friday. Special diets are also available.

The Meals on Wheels Program enlists the support of community members who donate one lunch hour weekly to deliver hot meals to eligible seniors near their home or workplace. Generally, volunteers are part of a work or service group who commit as an organization to ‘adopt’ a group of seniors in their area for meal delivery, friendly visits, and to ensure the general safety and wellbeing of their clients.

MealsPlusVolunteer_advert_2015-1Each Monday, volunteers are also needed at Wheeler Historic Farm to help prepare fresh produce for Meals on Wheels clients.

Multiple shifts are available
9am-12pm: Assist in the garden helping maintain garden and harvest produce.
1pm-4pm: Assist in separating produce to be distributed to Meals on Wheels clients.

For more information please call 385-468-3200 or visit www.slco.org/aging-adult-services.

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