We work hard to prepare tasty, nutritious, and healthy meals for our recipients. Here's what you can expect from us and our menus each month:
- All of our meals are made with high quality, often locally sourced ingredients that provide 1/3 of the nutritional value needed in a day.
- All of the meals on our monthly menus have been inspected and approved by a Registered Dietitian on the Meals on Wheels Team.
- All meals will include a protein source, a vegetable, a fruit, a grain, and a dairy product.
- Throughout the month, our menu items boast a variety of protein sources like fish, chicken, pork, beef, and plant-based. Additionally, we strive to ensure that a minimal amount of salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats are used in each meal.
- All menus are subject to change - while we create menus well in advance, often times we receive generous donations of fresh produce (especially during the summer and fall), and prefer to use those first. These wonderful contributions may cause slight changes to our monthly menu.
- All kitchen staff have received Safe Plates Training by our local Cooperative Extension through NC State.
- Our kitchen is inspected by Haywood County Environmental Health Department, and we continually receive high scores. Click here to see our previous and most current scores!
About Senior Nutrition
Meals on Wheels of Haywood County adheres to recommended nutritional needs set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). They recommend that older adults limit their intake of foods with added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium. Additionally, they encourage an increase in foods that are high in vitamin B12, protein, and potassium.
Want to know more about the guidelines we follow in order to provide our delicious and nutritious meals? The USDA provides these resources to learn more about maintaining a healthy diet for seniors!
Have questions about our menu, ingredients, or kitchen facility? Reach out to the Meals on Wheels team today!