Meals on Wheels revised for more variety and taste

Published 8:47 am Thursday, December 8, 2005

By By ERIN VER BERKMOES / Niles Daily Star
NILES - In order to give their customers a greater variety, the Niles-Buchanan Meals on Wheels program went through a two-month process of revising its menu and rolled out the finished product on Nov. 14.
For $5 a day, residents of Niles and Buchanan can receive one hot and one cold meal delivered to their home Monday through Friday by a Meals on Wheels driver. Those who receive the meals are usually older residents who aren't able to get out much and often have trouble cooking for themselves.
The previous Meals on Wheels menu was designed to rotate on a two-week schedule. With the revisions, the menu is now on a four-week rotation schedule, meaning customers are able to get a wider variety of meals.
The Meals on Wheels Program at Lakeland Hospital serves about 70 customers in the Niles and Buchanan area.
Customers are able to get one of two meal choices. There is a general meal and then there is one for diabetics.
Another item which has switched for the Meals on Wheels program is the container in which the food is delivered.
Doroh and Schleiffarth said the Meals on Wheels program is always looking for volunteer drivers to deliver meals.
The program is also available to take new clients for meal delivery.
Anyone interested in either getting a meal or becoming a driver can call the Meals on Wheels office at (269) 687-1462.