COA receives Coveted Accreditation for Meals On Wheels Excellence
The Council for Older Adults has been awarded the highest accreditation available for its Meals On Wheels senior nutrition program. Considered the exemplary gold standard for excellence, the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) Magnet Accreditation is similar to the Better Business Bureau’s seal of approval, and is a clear indication that a local senior nutrition program operates according to the highest standards for program safety, quality and efficiency.
The Council for Older Adults Meals On Wheels program is one of only 20 nationally to have been chosen to receive this prestigious award and the first in Ohio. MOWAA Magnet Accreditation uses criteria designed to measure the program’s performance according to a set of universal performance standards. The rigorous accreditation process examines the program’s performance in several key areas, including resource development, operations management, meal and nutrition services, fiscal management, governance, and others. To receive Exemplary Accreditation means that the program has gone above and beyond the expectations of the MOWAA Accreditation Program.
“We are proud to be among the few Meals On Wheels programs, out of over 5,000 nationwide, reaching this level of excellence,” said Toni Dodge, Council for Older Adults Nutrition Program Manager. “By joining such a prestigious group of Senior Nutrition Programs across America, this certification is recognition of our dedication to providing quality nutrition services to older adults at the highest levels of organizational accountability. We are honored to be given this high level seal of approval for ourselves and the community we serve.”
The Meals On Wheels program at the Council for Older Adults continues to grow each year as the aging population in Delaware County increases at a rapid rate. In 2011, nearly 184,000 meals were served through home delivery and at four dining centers throughout the county.
The Council for Older Adults is a local nonprofit organization responsible for planning, developing, coordinating and providing services for older adults and their families in Delaware County. Among the Council’s services are the county-wide Meals On Wheels program and Senior Choices, a program that provides comprehensive care management and in-home services. Services provided by the Council are made possible, in part, by funding through our local senior services levy.