Meals on Wheels

Kay Erickson / Ms.

Meals on Wheels has been an important part of senior care in Yellowstone County for well over a quarter century. Nationally the program got its start some 60 years ago in Philadelphia.

It provides a nutritious, well-balanced meal to those over 60 years old who are homebound, unable to prepare a balanced meal or have no one available to prepare a meal. Eligibility is on a case-by-case basis.

But it’s more than a meal, it’s a connection to the outside world, all done by a team of volunteers.

Kay Erickson / Ms.

Neither snow nor rain nor heat” may be part of the unofficial postal service motto, but it also applies to those who deliver Meals on Wheels here in Montana.

The volunteer drivers with Meals on Wheels are out delivering no matter the weather. And that has been a challenge lately in Billings, with multiple inches of accumulated snowfall and subzero temperatures

Kenneth Peterson, one of the volunteer drivers, got stuck last Friday, Mar.1,  making a delivery. 

Jackie Yamanaka

Those who provide senior service programs in Yellowstone County are serving more people, and the demand is going to skyrocket.

“We have a silver tsunami happening in Yellowstone County...in the state of Montana,” says Denise Armstrong, the Executive Director of Big Sky Senior Services. She says right now one in five in the county is over the age of 60. That will grow to one in four in the next four years as more the Baby Boomers retire.