Meals On Wheels of Tampa Now Serving Diabetic and Renal Menus For their Homebound Meal Program Recipients
Tampa, Florida-March 31, 2022—Meals On Wheels of Tampa (MOW Tampa) is now providing Diabetic and Renal menus to homebound recipients, in addition to the Heart Healthy Diet. The meals are freshly prepared daily at the MOW Tampa facility and delivered to the homes of seniors and homebound neighbors in the greater Tampa area. All menus have been evaluated by a Registered Dietician to ensure nutritional integrity.
Steve King, the MOW Tampa Executive Director, is very excited about the new menus, stating “our Executive Chef has really created some great recipes, seasoning them with fresh ingredients such as garlic and herbs to enhance flavor while minimizing sodium. Our plan is to rotate all the menus every 4-5 months to keep things seasonal.”
The new Diabetic Menu is carbohydrate monitored. The Renal Menu has lower sodium, potassium and phosphorus levels and offers a quality source of protein with each meal. All the meals are offered in regular, chopped, or pureed form, to meet the changing needs of Tampa’s homebound and senior neighbors. When recipients were recently surveyed, the Diabetic and Renal menus were the most requested additions to the current Heart Healthy Meals.
Meals On Wheels of Tampa has served the Tampa area since 1975. Today, MOW Tampa provides meals to approximately 1,000 people who are in a need of a little extra support from their neighbors to live with independence and dignity in their own homes. MOW Tampa relies on its community for support and for volunteers.
Background on Meals On Wheels of Tampa
MOW Tampa’s home delivered meal program provides hot nutritious meals to seniors (aged 62 and over), disabled, and homebound individuals who have difficulty shopping for food or preparing meals. Meals provide recipients with improved diet, health, and wellbeing. A volunteer driver delivers a hot meal Monday-Friday. Frozen meals for the weekend are delivered on Friday. For many of the neighbors served, a visit from a volunteer is the only personal contact they will have that day. This allows for a “safety” check in, which brings comfort and security for them and for their families. MOW Tampa serves from the County lines to the north and west, I-75 to the east, including Riverview and Gibsonton.
MOW Tampa is completely privately funded and is not a government agency. The cost of meal service is determined based on the individual’s circumstances. The full cost of a meal is $5.50. No one is turned away due to financial reasons.
If interested in receiving meals or to learn more about MOW Tampa, please call the office 813-238-8410 or visit www.mowtampa.org. Se habla espanol.