Meals on Wheels Oklahoma named as senior nutrition provider for western Oklahoma
• Meal provider for Woods County Senior Citizens Center
September 17, 2021
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) announces that Meals on Wheels Oklahoma has been named as the senior nutrition provider for 13 counties in far western Oklahoma beginning Monday, Sept. 13. Current participants at the congregate and satellite meal sites in these counties should expect no break in service during this transition with a variety of meal options available to meet the local need.
The counties affected by this change include Beaver, Beckham, Cimarron, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Kiowa, Roger Mills, Texas, Washita, Woods, and Woodward.
“We are grateful to welcome Meals on Wheels Oklahoma as they step forward to provide nutrition, social opportunities and wellness for older Oklahomans in this area of our state,” said Samantha Galloway, OKDHS Chief of Staff and Operations. “SWODA and their dedicated team of staff and volunteers have served this area well for many decades and we are so appreciative of their work, along with our other Area Agencies on Aging. These services are critical to older Oklahomans, particularly since the pandemic, and we are thankful for continued service in western Oklahoma.”
Congregate meals are part of the Older Americans Act Title III Program’s services for older Oklahomans. Congregate meal sites cook and serve nutritious meals at local senior centers, community centers, schools and adult day centers where Oklahomans 60 years of age and older, along with their spouses, have the opportunity to socialize and volunteer in service to their communities. The meals follow the most recent national dietary guidelines, planned and reviewed by a registered dietitian, and must meet one-third of the recommended daily nutrition requirements.
“Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa (dba Meals on Wheels Oklahoma) is excited about the new partnership with SWODA and OKDHS," said Calvin Moore, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa. "We believe this is an opportunity to expand our mission, grow the Meals on Wheels family and serve more Oklahomans. Our key objectives have always been to increase independence, create equitable access to nutritious meals and provide caring contacts for rural Oklahomans.”
Meals on Wheels Oklahoma’s mission is to empower local community programs to improve the health and quality of life of the seniors they serve so that no one is left hungry or isolated.
“The heart of this nutrition program is our rural senior citizens,” said Anita Martinez, AAA Director of SWODA Aging Services. “SWODA appreciates OKDHS and Community Living, Aging and Protective Services’ leadership guiding us in the development of a business relationship with Meals on Wheels Oklahoma in order to provide such an essential service in our area. We expect a smooth transition for the Title III participants and staff as Meals on Wheels Oklahoma becomes a contracted SWODA partner.”
To learn more about congregate meals in Oklahoma, visit https://oklahoma.gov/okdhs/services/cap/meals.html.