Almost 6K Meals On Wheels served

Published 12:26 am Saturday, February 11, 2017

In 2016, Andalusia Health provided 5,760 affordable meals to homebound individuals who were physically unable to shop for and prepare their own meals, through its Meals on Wheels program. The program, which is managed by Andalusia Health dietary staff, was developed to ensure safety of meal preparation, nutritional content of meals provided and a varied menu for the community’s most vulnerable residents.

Andalusia Health CEO John Yanes said, “Nutrition plays a key role in health and wellness of our community; however many in our community are unable to provide nutritious meals for themselves due to disabilities or conditions such as heart disease or arthritis.”

The Meals on Wheels program provides hot meals delivered to individuals living in the Andalusia City limits Monday through Friday, year round. Special diets such as diabetic, calorie controlled, low sodium can be accommodated as a part of this program. Referrals can be made by individuals, family members or healthcare professionals. The price of meals is currently $3.50 per meal.

Cherrisse Colvin, program coordinator said, “We are serving much more than just a meal. We are providing a peace of mind, companionship and a compassionate eye on the wellness and safety of our beloved seniors. We all have someone in our lives who served as a beacon of hope to us. As the years progress some of our heroes are found in compromising and unfortunate positions where caring for themselves has become more of a challenge. Meals on Wheels give us the chance to help those special individuals we hold dear.”

In addition to Meals on Wheels, Andalusia Health partnered with the City of Andalusia to provide 2,878 meals to The Apple After-School Program in 2016.

Typically individuals who are 60 or older, or individuals of any age who are homebound or physically unable to prepare their meals may qualify. For information, call Gidget Lasiter at (334) 428-7071.