What are home-delivered meals?
The MARC Department of Aging Services works with several senior centers and community agencies to provide meals to those aged 60 years and older, who are unable to leave their homes due to physical or cognitive limitations. The homebound seniors not only benefit from a nutritious meal, they have regular contact with someone outside of their home.
The home-delivered meals are the same as those served at the MARC senior centers. They are planned under the supervision of a registered dietician, along with input from the senior center participants and caterers. The home delivered meals are planned to provide participants with a meal that is not only appetizing, but nutritionally complete. Each meal is designed to provide at least one-third of the Daily Recommended Intakes (DRI’s) of many critical nutrients.
Who is eligible for home-delivered meals?
In order to be eligible for home-delivered meals, a person must be at least 60 years of age and unable to leave their home due to physical or cognitive limitations. A limited number of meals are available for those 18-59 years of age, with a legally recognized disability. Occasionally, an eligible participant’s caregiver may also be able to receive meals.
How do I begin receiving meals?
If you would like to begin receiving home delivered meals through a MARC-sponsored senior center or organization, you must complete the application process. There are three steps to this process:
Your physician must certify that you are in need of and can eat a regular diet. At this time, we do not provide diabetic, low sodium, pureed or other special diets.
You must have an in-home assessment completed by a MARC-approved agency to determine your physical condition and need for the meals.
Based on the information from your physician and the assessment, you will then be assigned a meal provider, placed on a waiting list or referred to a senior center for congregate meals.
When will I begin receiving meals?
Please be aware that the application process may take some time. MARC’s receipt of the physician’s request form, scheduling of the assessment and the length of current waiting lists are all factors that affect when you may begin receiving meals.
At this time, many of our senior centers have a waiting list for the home-delivered meals program. MARC has established a list of priorities to determine placement on the waiting list. The priorities are as follows:
Individuals who are in the protective services program of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Those who cannot provide meals for themselves and have no one to help.
Those with only intermittent support, such as weekends or evenings.
Those who can occasionally provide meals for themselves, but are unable attend a senior center regularly.
Those with a caregiver, but who require so much assistance that meal preparation is an added strain for the caregiver.
What if I am not eligible for home-delivered meals?
If you are not eligible for home-delivered meals, you are encouraged to contact your local senior center to determine your eligibility to attend the senior center. For more information, click here to locate the center nearest you.
If you do not want to attend a senior center, please contact the KCConnect-SENIOR line at 816/421-4980 for information on Home-Delivered Meals Programs outside the MARC-sponsored program.
The MARC home-delivered meals are provided at no required cost to the participant. The actual cost of preparing and delivering meals is, on average, $5.88. To offset these costs, the MARC home-delivered meals program encourages voluntary contributions from those receiving the meals, their family members or friends.
Your tax-deductible donation can help us reach our goal of 500,000 home-delivered meals annually. For more information contact us at 816/474-4240 or donate now by clicking here.