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Helpful Holiday Meal Resources for Seniors

Posted by Abby Neese on Dec 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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During the holiday season, many seniors find themselves living independently but alone. For some seniors, preparing meals is a difficult daily task, and many of them rely on family members or caregivers for most of their meals. During the holiday season, providing meals for senior loved ones can become a more challenging task; budgets are stretched and personal time is often filled with additional get-togethers or shopping. Here are some ways you can help feed seniors in your community.

Order Meals Online

There are many different sites that offer meal-ordering services. Some are geared specifically toward homebound seniors. Do some research and then choose the service that works best for you.

  • Gourmet Grocery Online - Order gift baskets or meals, and sign up for monthly deliveries.
  • Home Bistro - Have chef-prepared frozen meals shipped to your door.
  • Mom's Meals - Choose from many different dietary options. Mom’s Meals makes and delivers fresh meals to people who are unable to cook for themselves for any reason.
  • Personal Chef to Go - Order online to have a fresh meal shipped to you.
  • Schwan's - Have frozen meals shipped to your door. No membership required.

Volunteer Organizations

If you are looking for an organization that provides meal assistance to seniors, Meals on Wheels is the oldest and most trusted meal-providing organization in the United States. They provide homebound seniors with warm, nutritious, home-delivered meals. If you are looking for a Meals on Wheels or a similar organization in your area, Meal Call is an online directory of organizations that provide home-delivered meals to seniors.

Cook Meals Yourself

If you enjoy cooking, take it upon yourself to make a few extra helpings while you’re cooking dinner for your own family. Box up the extra meals and freeze them or deliver them immediately to beloved seniors in your area. Offering someone a warm meal is such a simple gesture that can help add some holiday cheer to a senior’s day.

 

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Topics: Senior Care Resources

Abby Neese

Written by: Abby Neese

Abby grew up just south of the Tennessee state line in Anderson, Alabama. She joined the Cottage team in 2016 and is an LPN who has been caring for seniors since 2009. Prior to the Cottage, Abby worked in home health. “I enjoy working with seniors and love hearing their stories. Most importantly, it is very rewarding to know we can make a difference in our residents’ lives through the care we provide.” Abby also volunteers at the Lexington Fire Department and is a certified first responder. Abby and her husband, Jebby, have two children.