A letter to the editor.
Meals on Wheels (MOW) is a community-based not-forprofit
organisation that delivers nutritious meals to vulnerable
clients in the community, to enable them to maintain
their health and independence within their own home.
MOW meals aim to provide at least one-third of the recommended
dietary intake (RDI) for energy, fibre and calcium,
and one-half of the RDI for protein, vitamins and minerals.1
A variety of options are provided to their clients to allow
self-selection from a large menu choice of soups, main meals
and desserts and a range of meal delivery options, ranging
from 1 to 5 days per week. MOW also provides variation in
types of meals provided (hot, chilled or frozen), as well as
being able to support special dietary meal requirements,
such as texture modified variations. Studies from Australia
and other countries have demonstrated that even with the
provision of home-delivered meals, some MOW clients still
have a poor nutritional status because of their multiple
medical and social risk factors.