A new Meals on Wheels program will help patients in need leaving Norman Regional Hospital by providing them with extra meals to take home after their hospital stay.
The program, an outreach meal service, will begin January 3, 2011. It will provide up to three frozen or non-perishable meals to patients over the age of 60 who are ill or disabled, said Patty Clark, manager of Food and Nutrition Services at Norman Regional Hospital. Patients under the age of 60 may also be able to receive meals with a physician’s order.
“When a patient leaves the hospital they may not be able to cook for themselves right away or they may not have someone to cook for them,” Clark said. “This program helps them get through those first few days at home.”
The funding for this program was provided by a grant from the City of Norman’s Social and Voluntary Services Commission. The grant will provide for about 640 meals, said Lynn Haynes, executive director of Meals on Wheels.
“This program is a way we can reach out to people and introduce them to Meals on Wheels,” Haynes said.
Meals on Wheels serves meals to ill or disabled people and also to those over the age of 60. Volunteer drivers deliver the meals, and often a person can be started on a meal program within 24 hours, Haynes said. Specialized meals are also available through the partnership with the hospital including diabetic, heart-healthy, gluten-free and vegetarian meals.