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Meals on Wheels means more than food. It can mean fewer seniors in nursing homes.

A new study in the journal Health Affairs shows organizations making home deliveries to needful seniors save millions of dollars every year, by helping keep those seniors in their homes, and out of nursing homes.

In Atlanta, Meals on Wheels also offers Adult Day Health programs, to help delay the effects of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, and help both the elders and their families.

As many as 8.3 million American senior citizens go hungry every year.

Meals on Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest group of its kind.

In Atlanta alone, in 2012, more than 105,000 prepared meals were delivered, as well as fresh fruit and bags of groceries.

The people they help are generally living below the poverty level, don’t have the money to buy food, can’t cook for themselves, and very often living alone, with no one to cook for them.

You can learn more about Meals on Wheels, its wonderful work, and its fight to end senior hunger by 2020 by visiting its website at www.mowaa.org.