The press-citizen.com published a story today about the growing demand of meals on wheels in Iowa. The story shows that demand for the local Meals on Wheels program is steadily growing with 146,621 meals to local seniors – more than 3,238 more meals than in fiscal year 2008. For many, the meal they receive from Meals on Wheels is the only meal they get for the day.
It costs just $500 a month to provide a senior with home- and community-based services such as Meals on Wheels, compared to $12,000 a month for the cost of a nursing home stay, Mary Wiemann, Executive Director of Elder Services states in the story. However, with limited federal funding, programs all over the country are struggling to deliver meals to hungry seniors.
And, with the number of people over the age of 65 expected to double by 2020, Meals on Wheels programs throughout the country will soon be facing even more demand for services.
This month is March for Meals month – and the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) has pledged to End Senior Hunger by 2020. Learn more about their campaign on their website at: http://www.mowaa.org.