Meals on Wheels of Staten Island, Inc. Overview
Target demographics: Older adults, over the age of 60 who are unable to shop for themselves or to cook their meals.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Our current census is appraching 1000, we have served over 1250 meal recipients over the year.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Volunteers typically deliver meals to elderly meal recipients one day a week. Each of our 45 daily volunteer routes has five volunteer deliverers, one for each day of the week. We try to match the route to the neighborhood closest to the volunteer to minimize the amount of time spent in delivery, usually the entire process is less than two hours, between 10:30AM and 12:30PM. Volunteers also deliver on Saturday mornings for meal recipients who have no nutrition support on the weekends.
Geographic areas served: All community districts of Staten Island.
Programs: Home delivered meals is our primary service. Daily contact with the deliverer, either staff person or volunteer is viewed as equally important as the meals that they bring. Our registered nurses monitor meal recipients to ensure that we are responsive to their individual nutrition needs.We partner with fifteen agencies serving the developmentally disabled who assist with delivery, mailings or in our kitchen, in a truly win-win partnership. We are initiating a pet food program for recipients who have pets but have similar challenges in feeding their cherished pet companions. Given the average age of our clients and level of frailty we have also been in position for emergency interventions, when upon delivery we find a person in distress or unable to receive their meal.
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