Eskenazi Expands Meals on Wheels Program

By Kent Hamaker posted 01-18-2018 09:50

  
Hospital offers a selection of frozen meals that mimic the menu variety offered by a takeout restaurant.

As baby boomers age, they are bringing their dining preferences to senior feeding programs such as Meals on Wheels (MOW) and those preferences include having more options than what such programs typically offered.

In Indianapolis and its surrounding areas, Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana (MOWCI) is getting a leg up on satisfying this growing preference thanks to its association with Eskenazi Health. The Indianapolis-based hospital system is a major supplier of prepared meals to MOWCI, producing up to a quarter of its needs in its central kitchen.

A growing proportion of those meals coming out of the Eskenazi kitchen consist of a fairly wide selection of pre-portioned frozen meals that are available for custom ordering by MOW customers off of what is in effect a takeout menu. Consequently, what MOWCI’s senior clients now have is a choice of either getting the day’s traditional hot meal or selecting from almost a dozen frozen meal options that they can retherm in a microwave or conventional oven.

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