Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels (HMoW) is dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of the kūpuna on O‘ahu. We have developed a program to provide medically tailored meals to kūpuna who have multiple chronic health conditions, limited caregiver support and who require assistance with government benefit enrollment.
Adjusting to special needs
At HMoW, we prioritize offering customized therapeutic meal options to address the unique needs of each individual. We understand that, as people age, their medical needs and allergies may change and we accommodate these requirements accordingly. For instance, we provide renal diets for individuals with kidney disease, low-sodium options for those with hypertension and chopped meals for individuals with chewing difficulties. This level of customization ensures that we meet the nutritional needs of every individual, regardless of their specific health condition.
Currently, HMoW provides medically tailored meals to 50% of the kūpuna we serve. To achieve this, we collaborate with 11 commercial kitchens across the island, offering over 200 meal types. Our meal options include pureed, chopped, minced, moist, soft, cardiac, renal, low cholesterol, low sodium, no dairy, vegetarian, sugar-free, and more. This wide variety of meal types ensures that individuals with various dietary restrictions and preferences can enjoy nutritious and satisfying meals.
Meals plus more
HMoW goes beyond meal provision. We have a dedicated social services team that helps tailor a nutrition plan to each client’s specific dietary requirements. Additionally, our social services team provide invaluable assistance to clients in accessing Medicaid benefits, arranging transportation, coordinating home health assistance, managing medication and scheduling doctor’s appointments. This comprehensive approach ensures that kūpuna receive holistic support, addressing not only their nutritional needs but also their overall well-being.
Collaboration is the key
In Hawai‘i, food is not just sustenance; it holds a special place in our local culture, acting as a powerful force that fosters a sense of community and connection. We understand that collaborative support is essential to ensure the well-being of our kūpuna. That is why we are committed to working with caregivers, families and community partners to create a supportive environment that uplifts our elderly population. At Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels, we believe that every kūpuna should have access to meals that not only nourish their bodies but also feed their spirits, bringing them comfort, joy and the knowledge that they are cared for. With the projected growth of the elderly population by 2030, community support is increasingly crucial. Together, we can ensure that our kūpuna receive the sustenance and support they deserve, embodying the spirit of aloha that defines our beautiful Hawaiian community.
HAWAII MEALS ON WHEELS (501(c) 3 nonprofit)
P.O. Box 236099, Honolulu HI 96823
808-988-6747 | hmow.org