As part of its mission to serve nutritious meals to the elderly throughout Wake County, Meals on Wheels has eight locations (such as regional Senior Centers) that provide congregate dining, where in addition to the noontime meal, there are social and educational opportunities for persons 60 and over who are able to get out and about.
Overall, Meals on Wheels allows the recipients to maintain their dignity and independence and remain in their homes. Volunteers delivering meals to homebound recipients are not only providing a meal, but also providing a visit and a check-up. The meal is important, but for so many of these people, both homebound and at the Senior Centers, it is the socialization that is so significant to them. It is also comforting to family members to know that someone is stopping in daily to confirm that their loved ones are safe. A recent study of Meals on Wheels participants demonstrated that participation in the traditional Meals on Wheels program – daily meals delivered by a volunteer who provides a friendly visit and safety check – has a significant, positive impact on the health, wellbeing, and social connectedness of homebound seniors.
Saint Andrews is proud to be a part of this county-wide effort. If you are interested in volunteering to deliver meals or would like more information on the program, please call the church office: 919-847-1913.