Fort Erie Meals on Wheels offers seniors, folks with disabilities nutritious meals

Fort Erie Meals on Wheels offers seniors, folks with disabilities nutritious meals
Volunteer Joe Neumann, volunteer Joanne Zucarelli, Brent Neumann from 13 Carrots Catering, and volunteer Matt Gardiner all assist Meals on Wheels Fort Erie.

  • Fort Erie Meals on Wheels offers seniors, folks with disabilities nutritious meals
  • Dietitian Leah Mete says eating a balanced diet can help older adults keep their energy levels up and prevents some accidents like falls.

Throughout Fort Erie, senior residents, folks with disabilities, and others can depend on Meals on Wheels to assist preserve them fed with nutritious and balanced meals all through the week.

“For the recent meals program, we’re servicing about 250 meals per week,” program supervisor Nicole Marshall stated.

That is along with one other 200 purchasers who obtain frozen meals, which suggests the Meals on Wheels program can see round 450 purchasers per week head to head.

“We all the time stress to the purchasers and any members of the family placing their dad and mom on this system that it is also a safety test,” Marshall added.

“It’s our volunteers really delivering the meals. In the event that they discover dishes are beginning to pile up or the walkways aren’t clear or issues like that, they’re going to tell us, and we are going to observe up with the household to provide them a heads up.”

She says that this safety test, along with the added advantages of offering folks with dietary meals, may also help folks keep their independence for so long as doable.

“Then additionally that’s serving to liberate hospital beds and issues like that as a result of they’re in a position to keep of their houses longer,” stated Marshall.

All of the meals, scorching or frozen, include a meat entree and two sides. It could additionally include soup and a dessert, relying on the order.

Every menu itemizing is made underneath the supervision of Registered Dietitians, which ensures that any dietary restrictions are being met and that every meal is packed filled with vitamins.

Registered dietician Leah Mete stated that packages like Meals on Wheels that assist guarantee folks have sufficient meals to eat recurrently all through the day are essential in serving to to forestall some accidents.

“The advantage of consuming extra recurrently is it really actually helps with power ranges and particularly as you are interested by growing old, doubtlessly like falls and issues like that begin to turn out to be a difficulty,” Mete stated. “(Consuming recurrently) will offer you power that can lower the chance of these kinds of issues.”

She added that any program that gives totally different types of meals with a mess of proteins, greens, and carbohydrates is an added bonus.

“So long as we’re consuming a weight loss plan filled with selection, we shall be reaching all of our thresholds for these vitamins we needs to be getting. So clearly consuming a bit bit extra steadily offers you a greater alternative in order that your physique is performing at its greatest,” Mete added.

Fort Erie Mayor Wayne Redekop is extremely accustomed to Meals on Wheels, having served on their board years in the past. He stated he’s happy with all of the work employees and volunteers do with Meals on Wheels in serving to to maintain neighborhood members fed.

“They supply an important service to our neighborhood, not solely offering heat and chilly meals, but additionally the check-ins. So that they cease and chat with people, and steadily that is one thing that these people are receiving the meals like they do not have an excessive amount of contact with others, so it’s a pleasant alternative,” Redekop stated.

These trying to get involved with Meals on Wheels can discover further data on-line at

STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Throughout Meals on Wheels neighborhood champions week, reporter Brilee Sears needed to be taught extra in regards to the work the group does and spotlight their significance inside the Fort Erie neighborhood.