Beloit Meals on Wheels is committed to providing meal delivery throughout the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic. There may be some changes to services provided during this difficult time to protect the safety of meal recipients and volunteers, but we will continue to serve our neighbors in need.
Will meal service continue?
Yes, we are working with our food vendor and volunteers, and are doing everything we can to continue the delivery of meals throughout the pandemic. However, recipients should expect some changes in menu selections due to possible shortages of delivery trucks. If you are in need of extra meals, please contact the office since we do provide an evening cold sandwich meal as an additional option.
If you currently aren’t getting meals but would like to start, contact our office at 608-362-3683. Our routes are getting somewhat full, but we’ll do our best to try and get you on our program as soon as possible.
How do I know the meals are safe to eat?
Our food vendor prepares the meals in a licensed kitchen and follows daily safe food handling practices. According to the CDC and health experts, there is little to no risk of COVID-19 being passed through food. Whether it’s our meals or any other food, wash your hands thoroughly before eating.
How do I ensure a safe delivery?
Delivery drivers will knock on your door, place the meals on a door handle or table next to your door and back away to a distance of at least 6 feet. We still want you to verbally acknowledge to the volunteer that you are there and you’re safe and doing okay. Volunteers may also call to notify you of a delivery so you can give the proper instructions.
If you live in an apartment building, please contact your building management about the proper protocols for accepting deliveries. Please call our office with special instructions to be passed along to the volunteer.
What should I do if I’m having symptoms of COVID-19?
Please contact our office if you have a fever, cough or have been exposed to someone confirmed to have the coronavirus. If you are experiencing serious symptoms such as shortness of breath, call 911. If your symptoms are mild, contact your healthcare provider before visiting a clinic, urgent care or emergency room. Many providers have set up phone screenings, so a phone call before going in is recommended.
How do I protect myself from COVID-19
Wash your hands before eating and throughout the day for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. You could also microwave the meal for 30 seconds before eating and that may help reduce germs. For more helpful hints, visit the Center’s for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
What should I do if I want to put a hold on my meals because I won’t be at home or worried about exposure to COVID-19?
Call the office at 608-362-3683 to let them know that you need stop delivery. We’ll be happy to resume service when you will be able to receive meals again.