Meals on Wheels People
- We enrich the lives of seniors and assist them in maintaining independence, by providing nutritious food, human connections, and social support. We also use our expertise and capacity to serve other nutritionally at-risk populations.
Bottom Line for Portland
- Our service allows frail, homebound seniors to remain independent and living in their own homes rather than entering expensive institutional care. The meals we bring are often their only food of the day and the volunteer driver is the only person they will see.
- “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we continue to meet the need and make sure our homebound seniors receive the proper nutrition and social connection they need to live healthy, independent lives, in their home.”
- - Suzanne Washington, CEO, Meals on Wheels People
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- We are committed to feeding any older adult in need, regardless of their immigration status, national origin, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. Access to services is not dependent on proof of citizenship or immigration status, nor do we ask anyone their status. Anyone age 60 or older and in need of a meal is welcome. We understand the fear due to federal immigration issues and our multilingual Service Coordinators and staff are working hard in the community to build trust and ensure there are no barriers to program enrollment. We utilize culturally appropriate and sensitive communication, often relying on respected leaders within those communities, to help us reach out to marginalized and underserved communities. We know there are greater health disparities for these ethnic communities, resulting in healthcare and medication challenges/costs that add to the economic squeeze on low-income older adults.