State of Alabama Independent Living recently formed a partnership with the Alabama Department of Senior Services to provide access to Meals on Wheels to qualifying individuals currently served by a SAIL Medicaid waiver, said SAIL Program Specialist Kathy Fountain.
Senior Services Commissioner Neal Morrison approached Fountain to provide $50,000 in funding for SAIL to access the Meals on Wheels program statewide. Fountain had contacted Morrison after noticing a SAIL client had lost access to needed meals after switching to the SAIL Medicaid waiver.
“I contacted Senior Services with an issue with just one consumer,” Fountain said. “Senior Services’ amazing response will allow us to provide meals, typically only for seniors, to about 100 SAIL consumers of all ages.”
Fountain said SAIL consumers must meet certain criteria to receive meals through the program: They must live alone, and need assistance with meal preparation; they cannot be on a restrictive or special diet; and they must demonstrate a historical need to receive the meals, such as concerns of malnutrition.
Meals delivered through SAIL’s partnership with Senior Services began in December and will last at least through the end of the fiscal year. The meals provided are either frozen or shelf-stable, and each weekly delivery contains enough food to last one week.