Rainier Area Food Programs
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Rainier Senior Center
Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. (plus Meals on Wheels)
48 W 7th St
Rainier, OR 97048
Available to seniors over 60.
What is the Meals on Wheels Program?
The Meals on Wheels (MOW) program provides meals to homebound seniors over 60 and their spouses or dependent, disabled adult children. The program is aimed at promoting better health among the homebound, older segment of the population. MOW provides both nutrition and help to keep the individual in their own home, reducing the chance of institutionalization. The program also provides social contact through meal delivery volunteers to a person who may otherwise be homebound and isolated.
What are the Benefits of the Program?
Good nutrition is a major factor in keeping seniors healthy and independent. MOW assists homebound seniors at all income levels who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. One hot, mid-day meal is delivered by volunteers.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for the MOW program, a person must meet all of the following criteria:
- 60 years of age or older (Spouses of any age and disabled dependent children of the eligible senior may also receive a meal).
- Need help with meal preparation.
- Be Homebound or otherwise isolated.
- Live within service area boundaries.
- Unable to attend the congregate meal program site.
- Living alone or with no other adult living in the same home or area who is able or willing to prepare meals.
- Home at the time of delivery.
- Willing to eat the meal within a reasonable time.
How Much Do Meals Cost?
Program participants give as much as they are able. The suggested donation for the meal is $4.00 per meal, but no eligible senior will be denied meals due to their lack of ability to pay. Participant donations are gratefully accepted.
How Can I Help?
- Volunteer – Meals on Wheels has year round volunteer needs. Contact the Senior Center in your local area for information on volunteering.
- Gifts – The Meals on Wheels program is only partially federally funded and receives no State, City, or United Way support. MOW participants give to the program through their meal donations, but many are only able to give a minimum contribution. Community gifts to MOW supplement the participants’ meal donations to ensure that nourishing meals can be served to our older neighbors. Gifts should be directed to the Senior Meals on Wheels Program at Community Action Team or to the individual Senior Center. Gifts to MOW are deductible to the extent allowed by law.