Home Delivered Meals
The home-delivered meal program was established to help and care for the nutritional needs of homebound older adults. Often referred to as the Meals-on-Wheels Program, they are the hot, frozen, brown-bag, and liquid meals that are distributed to the homebound older adults of Otsego County.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Clients must be age 60 or older and homebound. Marital status and income levels are not eligibility factors. All clients are contacted by the OCCOA Medical Resource Coordinator within 10 business days of initiating the service to ensure that dietary needs are being supported.
The OCCOA currently contracts with Alpine Taxi, LLC in Gaylord for meal delivery.
Gaylord Community Schools prepare the home-delivered meals for the agency’s clients in the kitchen at Gaylord High School.
Meals average $5.65 in value, however, Operating Standards from the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging ensure that meals are available on a donation basis. The suggested donation is $3.00. No one is turned away for inability to pay. OCCOA welcomes and depends upon additional donations to fund this valuable program.
Clients, or their caregivers, may initiate home-delivered meals by calling the OCCOA office and speaking to a customer service representative. Meals can be started on the first delivery day after the initial request is initiated and may continue for as long as there is a need for them.
“The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.”