By Meg Olson
The Point Roberts Food Bank and the local fire department are working together to bring Meals on Wheels to homebound residents.
“We are contacting residents that we believe could benefit from this program currently and hope that more will take advantage,” said fire chief Christopher Carleton. “Home delivered meals have never been available in Point Roberts and there is a deserving part of our community that needs access to this service.”
Meals on Wheels is available to people who are homebound – cannot leave their homes without help – over 60 years old and unable to shop for and prepare healthy meals. Spouses, disabled dependents and unpaid caregivers of eligible participants can also receive meals.
The program available on the Point offers up to seven meals per person per week, which are delivered once a week as frozen meals that can be heated in an oven or microwave. Participants can select from a menu of over 30 meal options, designed to meet at least one-third of the nutritional needs of older adults, are low in fat, sodium, cholesterol and spices and suitable for diabetics.
Carleton said the meals would come from Bellingham on Wednesdays or Fridays with the lunch for the Senior Center and will be delivered by local volunteer drivers.
Like the senior lunches at the community center, Meals on Wheels is a program of the Whatcom Council on Aging and is funded by donations. While they recommend a donation of $3 to $5 per meal, meals will still be delivered regardless of a participant’s ability to pay.
Carleton said participants need to start by filling out application materials that are available through the fire station, food bank and Circle of Care.
Individuals can also call the Meals on Wheels and More office in Bellingham at 360/746-6480.