Celebrating Volunteers! A Perfect Public - Private Partnership
For 40 years the ADRC Nutrition Program with the help of volunteers has made a difference in the lifes of seniors age 60+ and adults with disabilities by delivering meals to the homebound and serving meals at dining sites.
Funding has not kept pace with demand. Volunteers are the backbone of the operation. For the homebound it's more than just lunch, it's a lifeline. As one participant wrote: "My delivery drivers are so very important...They worry about me if I don't answer the door...I love to see their smiling faces." Volunteers enjoy the visits too. As one volunteer states: "It's very rewarding getting to know the people I serve."
In addition to individuals, companies also adopt routes and allow staff to delivery meals. Thank you to:
Geimer and Orcutt Law Firm
Genuine Hearts, LLC
Cherney Microbiological Services
In 2018 volunteers served 133,637 meals to 2,162 persons, donating 18,077 hours, saving $135,577 in wages and 18,210 miles valued at $9,196.
Watch this ADRC Homebound Meals Video to learn more about program and volunteering. Homebound Meals are designed to provide one hot, nutritious meal each weekday if you are:
· 60 years of age or older; or
· an adult age 18+ and are on disability or in the process of applying for disability (with an approved waiver)
and · are homebound,
· not able to go to a dining site,
· not able to prepare meals,
· don't have someone to prepare a meal for you; and
- do not reside in a complex that offers meals.
Meals can be ordered on a temporary basis, for instance if you are laid up due to recovery from an illness or surgery or on a long-term basis, so that you can remain independent and in your home.
Call (920) 448-4300 to talk to the Nutrition Coordinator to discuss your situation to not only help you apply for home bound meals but also learn about programs in the community that would be helpful for other needs you may have. Homebound meals are provided for persons on Family Care or IRIS when authorized as part of their care plan call for more information.
When are the meals delivered?
Meals are delivered Monday - Friday around the noon hour. The only exceptions are if the Green Bay or your community's Public Schools close due to inclement weather and for major holidays. Participants are offered the opportunity to sign up for a home delivered meal on Thanksgiving which is organized by a group of local churches.
Do you have special diets?
A general diet is provided, designed to meet one third of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for persons age 60 and over. Low sodium, ground, pureed or gluten free foods are not available. Menus can be downloaded from the Monthly Menus button at the top of this page.
Meals are not only delicious and provide a lot of variety, they are healthy, balanced and appropriate for most persons. If you have special diet needs, have recently been advised to change your eating habits, or are struggling with eating right, check out these valuable services:
Nutrition Information and Risk Assessment:Application for the program includes a short evaluation tool that helps you identify if you are at low, medium or high nutritional risk. It's a great way to see how you can improve your eating or other habits to improve your quality of life. Every participant receives helpful information about good nutrition, recipes, safe food storage, food & drug interactions, and much more.
Is there a cost?
Meals are available on a donation basis for eligible participants and with an approved waiver if disabled and under age 60. A donation request is mailed to participants on a monthly basis. The suggested donation is $4.00 per meal. If you are eligible for meals but can't afford the suggested donation you will not be denied participation in the program. For persons on Family Care or IRIS meals are provided if included in their care plan and are invoiced to the Managed Care Organization.
Are the meals available where I live?
Meal delivery is available to eligible persons who live in the Green Bay metropolitan area, De Pere, Pulaski, Denmark, most of Howard, parts of Ashwaubenon and on Tuesdays & Thursdays only in Suamico and Wrightstown areas. Routes do fill up, if this is the case you will be put on a waiting list. Call (920) 448-4300 to find out about delivery in your area and/or be sure a slot is available on a route.
Cancellations - What if I won't be home when the meal is delivered?
Participants who will not be home during the delivery time, are asked to call the Homebound Meals program at 448-4300 preferably by 11:00 a.m. one weekday in advance, or later if something comes up to save the volunteer a stop, coordinators worrying and phone calls to contact persons. The volunteers who deliver the meals are not allowed to leave the meal unless a person is in the home to accept it. They can not enter a home or apartment if no one is home.
How do I or someone I know sign up for these meals?
Call (920) 448-4300 to talk to program staff to start an application. They will schedule a visit to meet you in your home. Approved applicants often start receiving meals in as little as two days.
Professionals can open and print the application below, fill it out for you and fax it to (920) 448-4302. Applications are subject to eligibility criteria review and route availability. Forms require Adobe Reader to open, click on the button to download the latest version - FREE.
Fully-Cooked Meals Delivered to Your Door Listing of meal options delivered directly to your door through nation-wide companies. Perfect for those that struggle to prepare meals, are homebound, or need to follow special diets. Low-cost options are available for both the meals and shipping & handling.
Community Resource Database 211 An online resource database developed and maintained through a partnership between the Aging & Disability Resource Center and Brown County United Way. It allows you to search for services, 24 hours a day via the internet. Searches are based on key words or on programs if you know the name of the organization or agency.
Choose MyPlate MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image- a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate, in your cup, or in your bowl with this USDA website.
Savor Wisconsin Online database of Wisconsin food products and services. Select the Farmers Market tab to search for markets in your area. Other searchs include by foods or business name to find Wisconsin producers and seller sources.