Our meals are well balanced, and each meal meets one-third of the daily nutritional requirements for seniors. While they are not specially designed for persons with diabetes or high-blood pressure, our meals are low in sodium and sugar content.
Our Meals on Wheels program is based on a healthy menu of breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. The weekly delivery includes seven frozen lunch/dinner meals plus seven breakfast meals featuring waffles, hot and cold cereals, and other breakfast entrees. A week's supply of milk, fresh fruit, bread, and apple or orange juice is also provided. Lunch or dinner meals arrive frozen so they can be microwaved and enjoyed at the recipient's convenience.
The meals have a range of options over the course of a month. We serve special meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and St. Patrick’s Day. Each meal includes a protein, a vegetable, a starch, milk, juice and fruit or dessert. Click here to see a sample menu.
Not sure where to begin? Contact our Community Resource Specialists of Sourcewise at (408) 350-3200, option 1.
Gather with other seniors to enjoy lunch at a location near you. Our Congregate Nutrition Program is designed for individuals 60 years of age and older. This program provides a hot meal at lunch-time and offers nutrition education and nutrition risk screening.
Some locations also include nutrition counseling.
There are 38 meal sites throughout Santa Clara County. Find a location near you, call (408) 350-3200, option 1.
Healthy Eating Tips
Foods that Reduce Inflammation
What you eat can affect your health in many ways. Now we are finding that our diet can fight against inflammation in the body. Inflammation can trigger chronic diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain cancers and even Alzheimer’s disease. Being overweight also promotes inflammation, so losing weight can significantly improve health and reduce the risk of chronic illness.
The Mediterranean Diet is probably the best example of a diet that can reduce inflammation. This diet includes plenty of whole fruits and vegetables; good sources of omega-3 fatty acids such as fish or flax seed and nuts. It also includes few refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta and white rice, and emphasizes whole grains such as brown rice, barley, oats and bulgur wheat as well as limited sugar, sweets and other processed foods.
Soy foods, like tofu or edamame, are great sources of protein that promote health. Yogurt and other probiotic foods provide additional benefits to an otherwise healthy diet. Foods high in antioxidants and phytochemicals (natural chemicals found in the plant foods) are also believed to help reduce inflammation. Green tea, red wine, dark chocolate (or natural cocoa) have high-quality antioxidants that may offer benefits. Other tasty additions to a healthy diet that reduce inflammation include garlic, ginger, cinnamon and hot spicy seasonings.
Looking for more information?
Contact our Community Resource Specialists of Sourcewise at (408) 350-3200, option 1.
Wanted to tell you how wonderful the driver is, kind and caring. Everyone is in need of so much help!
Thanks for the changes in the new menu! The sandwiches are very special. Meals on Wheels is wonderful!
Recently released from the hospital, don’t know how I would make it without Meals on Wheels.
If it was not for the MOW program, I would have almost nothing to eat. Thank you!
It has been a blessing having this program.
Thanks to MOW, I don’t have to worry if there is going to be someone available to do my grocery shopping.
MOW has been a blessing. I’m in so much pain and unable to shop for myself. I cannot believe the amount and quality of food I receive.
Thank you for the good, healthy meals. I appreciate all the extra “goodies”. Thanks to you, always have food on the table.
Thanks for all our special meals, treats and soup! Special gratitude to all of you who are making our meals healthier!
A special thanks to my driver. I have a broken disc in my spine and he has been very helpful.