Meal programs offer nutrition and social opportunities for seniors

Under-nutrition, malnutrition, isolation and depression are common among elderly hospital patients and residents of long-term care facilities. But they also affect a growing number of independent adults, particularly low-income seniors and women living alone. For older adults in our community, Rural Resources offers nutrition programs that help combat these issues, including:

Diner’s Choice: Developed by the Tri-County Senior Nutrition Program, Diner’s Choice issues coupons for meals at participating restaurants in Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens Counties and enables seniors to go out and meet with friends for a meal any time the restaurants are open. Participating restaurants offer many different meal choices with menus designed to meet at least one-third of recommended daily nutritional needs. Best of all, meals are provided on a donation basis, so no senior goes hungry. Read the list of participating restaurants. Download a Diner’s Choice application.

Meals on Wheels Weekdays: Hot meals are delivered by volunteers up to three times a week to home-bound seniors who are 60 years or older or who are married to someone 60 or older and who are determined to be “nutritionally at-risk”. Our staff will meet with you to determine your eligibility and whether you might also benefit from other services we offer. Read one family’s Meals on Wheels story.

Meals on Wheels Weekends: Frozen meals are available to seniors who are able to heat meals themselves but may lack physical mobility, suffer from mental illness or depression, or lack help from friends or neighbors. These meals can be picked up at a Rural Resources office or delivered to your home by an available volunteer. We suggest a donation of $20 per box of seven meals on a “pay as you can” basis.

Liquid nutrition supplements: Available to seniors who need extra nutrition due to illness, surgery or other reasons. These high-protein supplements provide one-fifth of the daily value for all essential nutrients in every 8-oz. can.  Flavors are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate malt and butter pecan. Suggest donation is $18 per case of regular supplement and $32 per case of diabetic supplement; one case consists of 24 8-oz. cans.