Evanston-based Meals at Home has received a $5,000 grant from the Hillshire Brands Foundation to support the home delivery of meals to individuals who can’t prepare their own.

“We deeply appreciate the support of the Hillshire Brands Foundation,” said Deborah Genthe, executive director of Meals at Home.

“This grant helps our clients avoid malnutrition and continue to live independently at home for as long as possible,” Genthe added. “The Foundation’s generosity is more critical now than ever before because we are subsidizing record numbers of homebound individuals who need help paying for food.”

Meals at Home’s 350 volunteers deliver meals to seniors and younger adults living in Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glenview, and Northfield.

Each client gets two fully cooked meals — one hot and one cold – six days a week 52 weeks of the year. To help them comply with their special dietary needs, Meals at Home also provides therapeutic meals to individuals with diabetes, kidney failure, who have trouble chewing, or have other nutritional challenges.

Because social isolation is a health risk leading to depression, loss of appetite, and negative effects on the immune system, Meals at Home conducts a Friendly Visit program. Volunteers offer clients companionship, friendship, and recreation.

For more information on the Meals at Home program, call 847-332-2678.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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