But to fix the big problems, we must re-tool today’s Meals on Wheels operating model
Meals on Wheels as it is now can’t solve isolation because…
- Volunteers can only stay a moment when hand-delivering
- There is little opportunity to share knowledge
- Drivers aren’t assigned to those who live closest
Meals on Wheels as it is now still has gaps in services because…
- The home visits use fragmented methods of assessment
- Few are able to make quick, if any, service linkages
- Few do benefits check-ups in the field, missing a prime opportunity
- There is no uniform data collection
Food insecurity among elders is still growing because many organizations are challenged to:
- deliver to rural or high-crime areas
- accommodate diets for managing chronic conditions
- provide fresh food
- reach those who need them most
Announcing Meals on Wheels 2.0.
It shifts the core elements of established Meals on Wheels and streamlines its systems into sustainable methods that will save our dignity, resources, and health.
Meals on Wheels 2.0 CAN relieve isolation
- Maintain volunteer routes but become intentional in assigning those nearest to home.
- Train volunteers in promotora (community health worker) style education; who sit during lunch, educate on fraud, disaster preparedness, etc.
Meals on Wheels 2.0 CAN close gaps in care
- All assessors are NCQA accredited and use wifi in the field to link quickly to services.
- Help with enrollment in HCBS, transit, health care, etc.
- Keep data in common to analyze and fix gaps and needs quickly.
Meals on Wheels 2.0 CAN decrease elder food insecurity
- Supplement or replace hand-delivered food with drop-shipped meals using Modified Atmospheric Packaging. Stays fresh in fridge for 10 days, easy to open, allows delivery of any diet type, anywhere, anytime.
It’s not a tsunami. It’s all of us… living and aging together.