Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Inc. (MOW-WNY) has launched a new diet option for homebound elderly and disabled individuals suffering from gluten intolerance. The new “avoiding gluten” diet provides two meals each weekday to qualifying clients in Erie County.
“Gluten intolerance limits access to nutritious food for some of our community’s homebound neighbors,” Chris Procknal, President and CEO, said. “The addition of our ‘avoiding gluten’ diet provides a healthful option for those who have a gluten intolerance, helping to ensure that every member of our community receives a meal that meets his or her unique nutritional needs.”
Meals are prepared locally at the Meals on Wheels commissary in Buffalo. Food prepared as part of the “avoiding gluten” program is produced in a separate part of the commissary to avoid gluten-containing ingredients from potentially mixing with the new diet’s entrées. During delivery, meals of this diet type are stored and transported in their own cold chest, separate from food that may contain gluten. These meals are made without gluten-containing ingredients, but are not considered “gluten-free,” as the diet is produced in the same facility as other meals that may contain gluten. As such, the “Avoiding Gluten” diet may not be suitable for those with severe gluten intolerance.
“Avoiding gluten” meals are designed for those who qualify for MOW-WNY traditional programming, have a documented medical need for food with reduced gluten, and have a doctor’s prescription. This is the sixth diet option to be offered by MOW-WNY. The diet joins the regular (low-fat, low-cholesterol, low-sodium), calorie-counted (diabetic), ground, bland, and renal options. More information about our other home-delivered program diets can be found here.
Those interested in receiving Meals on Wheels, or interested in starting service on behalf of a loved one, should contact our intake department at 716.822.2002. Current Meals on Wheels recipients who think they would benefit from “avoiding gluten” meals can contact their Meals on Wheels social worker or dietitian for more details.