The goal of this program is to improve the nutrition of individuals who are homebound due to serious illness, disability, injury or advanced age and live in poverty.
Forty percent of Bloomington Meals on Wheels clients are unable to afford the already subsidized daily fee of $7 for two meals medically-tailored to their individual needs due to chronic illness, injury, disability, or advanced age. Due to their physical limitations, they are unable to access other means of food distribution available for those with low incomes. Meals on Wheels provides these individuals with meals at no charge. Each client receives a hot meal for lunch and a cold sack dinner delivered by volunteers Monday-Friday. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we have increased our capacity by 25% to serve everyone who meets our service criteria requesting meals and meals are now delivered with a no-touch approach, directly to a cooler and followed up with a phone call to check in and provide some social interaction. Of that increased capacity, 90% live at 125% of the federal poverty level or below, and cannot afford the daily fee for meals.
Bloomington Meals on Wheels provides over 36,000 medically-tailored meals each year to Bloomington, Indiana residents who are homebound due to serious illness, disability, injury or advanced age. 80% of clients are 65 years old or older, and 40% live at or below 125% of the federal poverty level. Last year, 80% of clients felt that their nutrition had improved since receiving Meals on Wheels, 60% felt that their health had improved, and 84% felt safer and more independent at home since receiving meals.
The mission of Bloomington Meals on Wheels is to provide nutritional meals to homebound persons who are unable, through medical or physical disability pursuant to certification by a licensed medical doctor, to purchase and prepare nourishing meals. The service is provided to the ill, disabled or elderly regardless of income and without distinction as to race, color, creed, national origin or sex.