Meals on Wheels prepared for when County switches tiers

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By Christi Skibbins
Special to the Express

Throughout the past seven months, Meals on Wheels Yolo County has continued to provide meals for their elderly, homebound clients by reducing the number of delivery days from five to two, and moving from daily hot meals to a mixture of fresh, frozen and shelf-stable meals. They also have been delivering meals to the homes of those clients previously able to travel to senior center sites located in Woodland, West Sacramento, Winters and Davis.

As the possibility becomes more probable that a slow return to a “new normal” might be in the foreseeable future, the organization is releasing a plan for addressing that transition. In alignment with the new “blueprint for recovery” released by the governor’s office on Aug. 28, it is based on the same four-tiered statewide criteria and uniform framework.

The new framework has four tiers, based on the number of new daily cases and test positivity rates in each county. A county must remain in each tier for a minimum of three weeks before moving forward to the next. In order to move forward, Yolo County must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If the county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier.

When Yolo County is able to move from the present purple tier to the red tier, Meals on Wheels Yolo County sites will have to wait two weeks after that date before transitioning to opening on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, rather than the current Tuesdays and Fridays. Deliveries on Monday/Wednesday/Thursday will consist of a return to three hot meals, and two frozen meals.

At this time, there is no plan on returning to group meals at local senior center sites anytime soon. With those aged 65 and older being the most at-risk for COVID-19, coming together to enjoy meals together again is not yet safe; those seniors on the program will continue to receive meals at home.

For questions about Meals on Wheels Yolo County, call the main office at 530-662-7035, visit their website at https://mowyolo.org/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MOWYolo/.

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