Homebound seniors can receive a hot meal delivered to them on weekdays through the senior centers. In addition to the meal, the senior enjoys the personal contact provided by the volunteer or employee who delivers the meal. These meals are available to persons age 60 or older or the spouse of an eligible person. In addition, homebound seniors must be unable to attend the center due to physical or medical limitations and live within the delivery area of a senior center.
All 36 senior centers offer hot lunchtime meals delivered to the home. Each meal provides one-third of the daily recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of nutrition requirements for seniors. Generally, seniors in our area receive meals several days a week rather than everyday. This allows a maximum number of persons the opportunity to receive a nutritious meal.
Education about nutrition and other topics is also provided to all seniors receiving home delivered meals.
Other sources of home delivered meals are the frozen meal programs through the Elderly Disabled Medicaid Waiver program, the Alabama Cares program, and Hungry to Help. Frozen Meals are delivered to the home once per week. The client must have a microwave or traditional oven for the heating of the meals and freezer space to accommodate a week's supply of meals.