Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, a nonprofit organization that provides freshly made meals to homebound seniors, is now delivering in the Royal Palm Beach area.
“We’re pleased to be able to offer our services to residents of Royal Palm Beach,” President & CEO Pamela Calzadilla said. “We know there are many homebound seniors in this area who can benefit from our services.”
Since 2011, Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches has been serving the growing number of homebound seniors in Palm Beach County who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. With the opening of a new 5,000-square-foot kitchen in May, the organization now has the capacity to continue its growth westward to Royal Palm Beach.
Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches provides nutritious noontime meals to eligible seniors, delivered five days a week by volunteers. A cold Saturday meal is also offered.
Seniors pay on a sliding scale up to $7 per meal, with financial assistance available to those who qualify. Seniors may receive subsidized pricing as low as $1.75 per meal, based on their monthly income and shelter expenses, which helps make the program affordable.
Meals on Wheels is available to seniors over 65 who are primarily homebound and who are either unable to cook for themselves or have difficulty shopping. Spouses or partners who serve as caregivers are also eligible.
In addition to providing nutritious meals, the program offers seniors a chance to remain independent in their own home. Meals on Wheels volunteers also provide a friendly face and peace of mind for family members who know that someone is visiting their loved ones five days a week.
Royal Palm Beach Councilwoman Selena Samios recently had a chance to work in the new Meals on Wheels kitchen along with volunteers and Sous Chef Daniel Laudia and Lead Cook Jessica Bopp.
“I am excited about the organization’s continued expansion into Royal Palm Beach,” she said. “I was glad to learn Meals on Wheels serves residents of Royal Palm Beach with freshly made meals delivered five days a week.”
Samios said she also had the opportunity to get a better understanding of the important role Meals on Wheels plays in lives of the seniors it serves.
“Delivering meals to homebound seniors in Royal Palm Beach is one more way we can address the growing issue of senior hunger in Palm Beach County,” Calzadilla said. “We’re glad we now have the ability to expand into the area, and we’re grateful for the support from our community that makes this possible.”
To find out more, call Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches at (561) 802-6979 or visit www.mowpb.org.