Meals On Wheels of Solano County

Nutrition FAQs

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Meals on Wheels has two Meal Service Programs, Home-Delivered Meals and Congregate Dining. For both programs seniors receive a meal that is prepared fresh in our central kitchen and packaged specifically for either our home-delivery clients or the congregate dining sites. We ensure that each meal meets the federal and state guidelines and the nutritional requirements of the Older Americans’ Act. This meal provides 1/3 of your RDA requirements and we limit the calories from fat, serve whole grains and vegetables and fresh fruits for fiber to address  senior health concerns.  Salt is not added to the cooking process and we strive to keep the sodium content to a minimum. We always use low-sodium, fat free bases for gravies and we do not add butter to vegetables and do not use foods with added trans fat.

Some ways we reduce the sodium are:

  • We do not use salt or MSG in the cooking process and all of our gravies and soups are made with a salt-free base.
  • We limit serving higher sodium entrees, such as ham or polish sausage, to two or three times a month. We use turkey ham which is lower in sodium than regular ham. We also bold these items on the menu so you know they are higher in sodium.
  • We use fresh and frozen vegetables and unprocessed foods as often as possiblefood_box.

Will your meals meet Type 2 Diabetes dietary needs?

  • In general, our meals fit into a diabetic diet, except for the concentrated sweets. You can meet your dietary needs by not eating the concentrated sweets, such as fruit crisps or cobblers, fruited jello, puddings, cakes, brownies, cookies or drinking cranberry juice when offered. At least three to four times a week, we serve fruit, such as fresh fruit or canned fruit packed in juice or water.

How long will the meal last if not eaten it right away?

  • Seniors receive a frozen home-delivered meal, which can be kept in the freezer until the “eat by” date on the label. Be sure to put it in the freezer when it is delivered if you will not heat and eat it right away. When heating meals in a microwave, follow the written instructions on the meal package. The milk and other cold food should be put in the refrigerator and eaten within two to three days. Check the date on the milk to be sure it is safe if you do not drink it right away.

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What if I have a specific question regarding nutrition?

You can call our office at 707-425-0638 and tell the staff you have a nutrition question for our Dietitian…your question will be logged on a form and forwarded to our Dietitian who will contact you directly with an answer. You can also click here to email your question…you will be prompted to give your contact information so that the Dietitian can contact you.

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