Meals on Wheels is a programme that delivers meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals.
A meal is an eating occasion that takes place at a certain time and includes specific, prepared food, or the food eaten on that occasion.
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The name is often used generically to refer to home-delivered meals programs, not all of which are actually named "Meals on Wheels".
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Because they are housebound, many of the recipients are the elderly, and many of the volunteers are also elderly but able-bodied and able to drive wheeled vehicles.
Research shows that home-delivered meal programs significantly improve diet quality, increase nutrient intakes, reduce food insecurity and improve quality-of-life among the recipients.
The programs also reduce government expenditures by reducing the need of recipients to use hospitals, nursing homes or other expensive community-based services.