When a Wallowa County woman, who lives alone, was home recuperating from surgery, she didn’t feel much like eating or cooking. Her family was worried she wasn’t getting the nutrients she needed to heal.

Enter Wallowa County’s meals on wheels program. The woman’s family set her up to receive a hot, nutritious meal three times a week, delivered by a volunteer driver who would also check in on her. The woman, who is also on a limited income, made a small voluntary donation to the program to help defray the cost of her meals.

Community Connection of Northeast Oregon operates the meals on wheels program, as well as the congregate meal sites in Enterprise and Wallowa, where seniors can find a hot meal and can also socialize with other seniors. To qualify for meals on wheels, the participant must be 60 years or older (or have a spouse 60 or older), and be homebound.

People 60 and older who attend the congregate meal may pay a voluntary donation. The suggested amount is $3.50. Anyone younger than 60 may also participate in the congregate meal setting, but must pay $5.75 for their meal. The senior meal site in Enterprise is located at Community Connection, in the second white building north of Cloverleaf Hall. Wallowa’s meal site is located in the Wallowa Senior Center, across the street from the city hall.

Meals on Wheels delivers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The meal sites are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; lunch is served at noon. Breakfast is served Tuesdays, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. only at the Enterprise site.

Transportation via a wheelchair accessible vehicle is available to bring seniors to the meal site. There is a small fee for this service.

For more information on either the meals on wheels program or the congregate meal site, call Community Connection at 541-426-3840.

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