SHEBOYGAN, WI – A colorful new Choice menu was recently introduced by Fresh Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County (FMOW), and it has clients and community members excited about the tasty new meal options.
We limit our sodium and work hard to come up with healthy and fresh ways to add flavor and delicacy to the meals we serve every day,” said Janine Dickens, Fresh Meals On Wheels food service director.
The meat masters at Miesfeld’s Meat Market have been a big help. Chuck Miesfeld, Clint Kasprzak and John Alferi, have spent time in the kitchen educating the FMOW culinary team about the best ways to cook meat. Pork school and brat cooking are two of the favorites. In order to cook brats to maintain flavor, the secret is to grill then bake – don’t boil. In addition, Kasprzak volunteers in the kitchen offering great insights into making meat more tender and flavorful. The results are being enjoyed by FMOW clients every week.
Some new items on the fall menu include Miesfelds-inpsired pork tenderettes, a chicken brat, turkey à la king and cabbage rolls. “Staying true to the heritage of the community is important to those we are serving,” Dickens said.
FMOW remains the only program of its kind in the nation to provide a full color, photo menu for meal recipients. The menu’s vivid photography makes it easier for people with dementia or other cognitive or visual issues to understand their options, helping them make more educated meal choices.
Each meal is designed under the watchful eye of a registered dietitian, provides 1/3 of the recommended dietary allowances (RDA), and meets the USDA’s dietary guidelines for older Americans.
Seven different diets and preferences are available to FMOW customers including: low sodium (heart healthy), controlled carbohydrate, renal, bland, gluten free, and lactose intolerant. Clients can also get meals that are precut, ground or pureed, depending on their needs or abilities. All diets offered by Fresh Meals On Wheels meet or exceed federal nutritional guidelines.
Since 1970, Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County has been delivering hot meals five days a week to homebound, elderly and disabled residents throughout Sheboygan County. In 2012, the organization went from contracting with a catering service, to serving meals that are made in-house using fresh ingredients grown in the Meals On Wheels gardens and donated by local farmers and growers. In 2016, more than 21,000 pounds of local produce was processed in the Christopher Family Kitchen at Fresh Meals On Wheels and used in client meals.
Fresh Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County has no waiting list or income restrictions. Meals are delivered by friendly, responsible volunteers five days a week throughout all of Sheboygan County. For more information, call 920-451-7011 or visit freshmealsonwheels.org.