NUTRITION PROGRAMS

Lifestyle changes, activity level, metabolism, appetite, health issues, digestion, medications, and emotional factors can all create obstacles to eating well. Yet eating well is key to a retaining a robust immune system, managing health, staying energetic, and remaining mentally sharp and emotionally balanced. The Nutrition Program’s meals are formulated to be appealing and tasty and are designed to provide one-third of the recommended daily nutritional needs for older adults.

The Nutrition Program provides meals for people 60 years and older. We recognize people have different needs so we provide meals at our congregate sites and through home delivery.  You can join us at one of our locations for our Congregate Meals (Dining Room Meals) or, if you prefer, meals can be delivered to your place of residence through our Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels, or MOW) program. 

Our Market Voucher program offers vouchers for farm-fresh produce for qualified, low-income seniors age 60 years and older living on Whidbey Island.  Farmer’s Market Vouchers  are available June through October.

Wondering what we are serving?  Our food menu is updated monthly.  View the current food menu:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What does this cost me? What are the charges? What are the fees? Do you accept donations?

    Eligible seniors can use the Nutrition services and offerings at no charge but we encourage donations from those that are able.   These services and programs are funded largely by donations. In lieu of a fee, contributions by  clients, companies and others are welcome and greatly appreciated; however, no one eligible to use these services is turned away for an inability to donate.   To learn more about donating, call 360-321-1600 or donate online

JOIN OUR TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS

 Our program could not be run without volunteers.  The Nutrition Program depends on numerous  volunteers, who drive for Meals on Wheels or assist in the dining rooms and kitchens. Volunteer drivers provide connection to the community for isolated homebound participants, while dining room volunteers help in the busy dining rooms, cleaning and serving.

If you’re looking for something very, very worthwhile to do with your time, please consider volunteering with us. 

Comments from our volunteers:

“I do it because I love it. I get so attached to all of my people and want to make sure they are OK.”

“I started volunteering because I got some help years ago and wanted to pay it forward; now I keep delivering because I am hoping to be a bring spot in their lives. Sometimes I’m the only person they see all day, and they look for me.”

Volunteer Opportunities and Requirements

Meals On Wheels Drivers

Make a senior smile! Deliver hot meals in your area. Pick up meals at one of our food centers in Island County area between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Delivery takes about an hour and a half to 2 hours. Requirements for drivers:

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Can use your own vehicle and you have current auto insurance
  • You are able to pass the state background check with WSP

Meal Site Helper

Help to pack meals for Meals-On-Wheels drivers! Or if you’re not an early riser, help serve beverages to seniors as they come into the one of our dining room sites, set tables, serve lunches, and help clean up.   Requirements:

  • Must pass the state background check with WSP

Hours: Flexible shifts from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Adopt A Route

The Adopt a Route program is perfect for corporate teams, church groups and service clubs that can commit to providing Meals-OnWheels drivers for one route, one day a week for an entire year or longer.  Pick up meals at one of our food centers in Island County area between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Delivery takes about an hour and a half to 2 hours. Requirements:

  • Have at least two people who can weekly deliver a regular Meals-On-Wheels route. At least one volunteer must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license
  • You provide their own vehicle and have current auto insurance
  • You are able to pass the state background check with WSP

DIRECTOR

Debra Metz
360-321-1600
email Debbie Metz