The lucky winner of the 2021 Home-Delivered Meal Program Survey drawing for the $50 gift card was Emily O. of Gaylord. Congratulations to Emily! She has a elected to receive her gift card from Walmart.
Many thanks to all of the home-delivered meal clients who completed and returned a survey and participated in the drawing. As of Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 44 surveys and 37 prize drawing cards have been returned. If you missed out on the drawing, it is not too late to complete your survey and return it to OCCOA Research Coordinator Eileen Godek at the Otsego County Commission on Aging. Surveys will be accepted through Friday, August 13, 2021!
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 $6.15 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 In-Home Service Department at (989) 705-2574. 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.
“Caring for our seniors is perhaps the greatest responsibility we have.
Those who walked before us have given so much
and made possible the life we all enjoy.”
~ Senator John Hoeven