The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) started its roll out of their expanded Meals on Wheels Program on Monday.
Board Chairwoman Jennifer Moisant said, Meals on Wheels is wait list free for the first time since 1974.
The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (EBRCOA) is a nonprofit organization serving East Baton Rouge senior citizens.
According to Moisant, starting Monday, an additional $2.2. million tax dollars are committed to feeding the elderly.
Those already receiving meals will be fed 7 days a week, instead of 5. After 44 years, everyone enrolled in the program will finally be served. ” I can’t believe it. Over 500 I believe they took off the waiting list. I think after this we’re going to have more people sign up,” said Council Chair Jennifer Moisant.
According to Chairwoman Moisant, the meals are designed by a registered dietitian after the participant has been scored nutritionally by the Louisiana independent living assessment. The assessment measures medical fitness and mental cognitive abilities to decide on a specialized nutrition plan.
The Meals on Wheels Program caters to medical conditions common among the elderly, such as diabetes and high blood pressure to ensure their health and safety. Meals can be blended, or low sodium.
“We put you on a route and once a week the driver brings the meal to your home and you get 7 meals, fresh fruit, a half gallon of milk and snacks for the week,” said Chief Executive Officer Tasha Amar.
Amar explained that most elderly people they serve live on an average of $600 a month from social security. Before this expansion the people were keeping a snack from the box to eat on the weekend. Now they will have a balanced meal every day of the week, without having to choose between food and other necessities.
Additional cooks, drivers and caretakers are being hired by the Council on Aging to keep up with the new supply of food.