Is it possible that your in-laws didn't want to be beholden to anyone for their meals and felt too frail to prepare them, so they ordered the service themselves?
You aren't what you eat, but you're always what you swallow.
i'm sorry your brain tumor is acting up today
My son and I delivered Meals on Wheels for a year for his school service project. We knew that meal delivery volunteers were often the only outside contact that person would have with with anyone on any particular day, and we would chat with them for a few minutes, and make sure they were doing okay. It's not only food that volunteers bring, it's human contact.
Also - I just happen to have a text with me at the moment called Community Resources for Older Adults because I'm studying for a midterm on Tuesday and one of the chapters is on the ways Title III of the Older Americans Act (OAA) is used to help elders. It's called the "heart and soul" of the OAA for a reason, because it's Title III which disburses the grants to states according to elder population, which then disburses to agencies and public-private partnerships. One of those being home-delivered meal programs.
Those who receive home-delivered meals have more physical limitations, are more socially isolated, and at a lower income level than elders who can access private and publicly-funded senior centers with congregate meal programs. Average age of someone receiving a home-delivered meal is 78 years, and 60% live alone. A quarter of recipients were ethnic minorities, and 48% had incomes below 100% of the DHHS poverty line. These elders are 88% at moderate or high nutritional risk, 75% report difficulty with everyday tasks and 38% report seeing family, friends or neighbors never or only once per month.
I could go on, but I'm sure it's clear. This is a program that's vitally necessary for the frail and elderly who live among us, particularly those without adequate social support.
The 35% of funding that comes from the Older American Act Nutrition Program figure is in regard to the 5,000 Meals on Wheels programs across the country that could be effected if that 17.9% cut to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services resulted in a cut to programs within. Meals on Wheels programs would also be affected by cuts to the Community Service Block Grant, Community Development Block Grant or the Social Services Block Grant because some states choose to use those funds to support their Meals on Wheels programs above and beyond the 35% covered by the Older Americans Act. Programs rely on contributions from state, local, private donations and other resources to cover the rest, making it a very successful public-private partnership.
Town Heretic (March 19th, 2017)
Well this is fun isn't it?
There will always be the poor, that's pretty much the reality of the situation so reducing need and addressing it more effectively is the way to go which obviously doesn't involve crackpot notions of leaving it all to churches, charity and family.
Well this is fun isn't it?
Arthur Brain (March 19th, 2017)
apparently not then
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