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Homebound Meals, Inc. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a proud member of the Meals On Wheels Association of America.

Thank you for your interest in Homebound Meals, Inc.

There are elderly, sick, or disabled people in Fort Wayne who don’t eat at least one nutritional meal every day. They are unable to make a meal for themselves, or get to the grocery store. They are alone and often do not see anyone during the day. They are sick and need a special diet. Often they are senior citizens who have worked their entire life but find themselves without much money and cannot afford assistant living or a nursing home. Some of the people are younger but are disabled or on disability.

The Homebound Meals, Inc. mission: “To enhance the quality of health and life of the homebound community by the delivery of the hot nutritional meals and the visits of the volunteer drivers.” Homebound Meals, Inc. deliver nutritionally balanced meals to clients who, due to age, illness, or disability, cannot provide adequate meals for themselves. For many people this support allows them to remain in their own home. For others, it is a short-term assistance when a medical problem occurs and they are unable to prepare meals.

Homebound Meals, Inc. in Fort Wayne was founded in 1971. The backbone of the program is the approximately 140 drivers who volunteer their time and the use of their vehicles and gas to deliver meals. Many of our drivers have delivered for many years. The meals are delivered from St. Joseph Medical Center, Rehabilitation Hospital at Lutheran and Parkview Hospitals, and Canterbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Drivers are needed at all five locations. We deliver 16 routes a day, five days a week during the noon hour. The time needed to drive a route is approximately an hour and a half. We provide detailed directions to the clients’ homes. Not only do the drivers deliver the meals to the clients, they often become friends with the people they serve. At times the driver may be the only friendly face the client sees. With other clients, the delivery will remind the client it is time to eat.

Volunteer delivery schedules can be altered. Many of our drivers go away for the winter and some go away for the summer. Most of our drivers deliver on a set day once each week. Some deliver a few times a month.

We need your help.
Please consider becoming a volunteer driver with Homebound Meals. We need help from people like you to continue our mission. Please call us at 260-422-3296 or email us at director@homeboundmealsfw.org.

Delivery Facilities

Homebound Meals, Inc. delivers from four different locations. The locations are Rehabilitation Hospital at Lutheran, St. Joseph Hospital, and Parkview Behavioral Health. If we are unable to deliver meals due to bad driving conditions the facilities will be notified no later than 7:00 A.M. The Executive Director will make the decision to cancel the meals and to notify the facilities. If a client cancels a meal, the facility will be notified by 8:00 A.M.

Rehabilitation Hospital at Lutheran: 7905 W Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804.

Drivers will pick up the meals Monday through Friday at 10:45AM at the dock area in the rear of the Hospital by the dumpsters. All units will be returned to this area. The main kitchen will be responsible for returning all units to the kitchen to be cleaned and stored.

St. Joseph Hospital: 700 Broadway Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802.
Drivers will pick up the meals Monday through Friday at 11:00 AM at the Van Buren entrance of the St Joseph Hospital. All units will be returned to the Van Buren entrance. The main kitchen will be responsible for returning all units to the kitchen to be cleaned and stored.

Parkview Randallia Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805.

Drivers will pick up the meals Monday through Friday at 11:45 AM at the Parkview Randallia dock area at the rear of the buildings. All units will be returned to this area. The kitchen will be responsible for cleaning and storing the boxes.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE VOLUNTEER HBM DRIVER

  • Use Homebound Meals office telephone number at the top of all route sheets whenever necessary. The office is open Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, phone number 260/422-3296.
  • Be dependable and punctual at your assigned facility on the day you drive. Call the office if you have car trouble or are delayed in some manner.
  • Call the office as soon as possible to tell us if you need a substitute on your assigned day.
  • Check the hot and cold boxes before you leave the facility to make sure you have the correct meals and clipboard with directions for your route.
  • Check route sheets for changes and cancellations. We will bring them to your attention when we call the day a volunteer drives.
  • Enter and leave the client’s home with a cheerful word. Remember that you are bringing something of the outside world to the client. You may be the only person the client sees that day.
  • Chat with the client while serving the meal, but remember, too much time spent at each home may not give those at the end of the route a hot meal.
  • Encourage the client to eat the meal while it is warm.
  • Be alert in observing such things that may cause accidents such as the smell of gas, running water, etc.
  • Encourage the clients to tell their family if you notice a medical problem that should be looked. Call the HBM office with ANY concerns you have regarding a client. If the situation is critical, call 911 – then the office.
  • Check with a neighbor or apartment office if the client is not home when you deliver, if possible.
  • Call the office if you have problems on your route: if a client is not at home or there is a medical problem. The office will follow up to make sure the client is all right.
  • Encourage the clients to phone the office before 7 a.m. if they wish to cancel meals.
  • Phone the office from the client’s home if there is an error in packed food boxes. We will try to correct the problem.
  • Correct the route sheet if directions are wrong or if you have a better route. Please call the office with corrections.
  • Write your exact mileage at the bottom of the sheet. This information is important for year end statistics.
  • Leave facility clipboard, route sheet, and boxes at facility when you complete the route. The office emails you your own route sheet copy every Friday.
  • Be careful not to ask questions that will encourage talking at length about bad health.
  • Please do not criticize the food, rather make a note if the client complains food is consistently poor and call the office.
  • Remember we do not deliver on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, and two days at Christmas Day. If meals are cancelled due to weather, Homebound Meals will have a message recorded on 260/422-3296, be included in the closing ribbons run at the bottom of the 3 major television stations in Fort Wayne and will notify WOWO radio for their broadcast.  We will also include this information our Facebook & Twitter accounts.

Thirty Gas Saving Tips by Ernest Miles from How to Advice.com

The surest way you can improve your fuel cost problem is to change your motoring habits. Listed below are 30 effective methods

ENGINE WARM-UP

  1. Avoid prolonged warming up of engine, even on cold mornings – 30 to 45 seconds is plenty of time.
  1. Be sure the automatic choke is disengaged after engine warm up… chokes often get stuck, resulting in bad gas/air mixture.
  1. Don’t start and stop engine needlessly. Idling your engine for one minute consumes the gas amount equivalent to when you start the engine.
  1. Avoid “reving” the engine; this wastes fuel needlessly and washes oil down from the inside cylinder walls, owing to loss of oil pressure.
  1. Eliminate jack-rabbit starts. Accelerate slowly when starting from dead stop. Don’t push pedal down more than 1/4 of the total foot travel. This allows carburetor to function at peak efficiency.

 

HOW TO BUY GASOLINE

  1. Buy gasoline during coolest time of day – early morning or late evening is best. During these times gasoline is densest. Keep in mind – gas pumps measure volumes of gasoline, not densities of fuel concentration. You are charged according to “volume of measurement”.
  1. Choose type and brand of gasoline carefully. Certain brands provide you with greater economy because of better quality. Use the brands which “seem” most beneficial.
  1. Avoid filling gas tank to top. Overfilling results in sloshing over and out of tank. Never fill gas tank past the first “click” of fuel nozzle, if nozzle is automatic.

HOW TO DRIVE ECONOMICALLY

  1. Exceeding 40 mph forces your auto to overcome tremendous wind resistance.
  1. Never exceed legal speed limit. Primarily they are set for your traveling safety, however better gas efficiency also occurs. Traveling at 55 mph give you up to 21% better mileage when compared to former legal speed limits of 65 mph and 70 mph.
  1. Traveling at fast rates in low gears can consume up to 45% more fuel than is needed.
  1. Manual shift driven cars allow you to change to highest gear as soon as possible, thereby letting you save gas if you “nurse it along”. However, if you cause the engine to “bog down”, premature wearing of engine parts occurs.
  1. Keep windows closed when traveling at highway speeds. Open windows cause air drag, reducing your mileage by 10%.
  1. Drive steadily. Slowing down or speeding up wastes fuel. Also avoid tailgating – the driver in front of you is unpredictable. Not only is it unsafe, but if affects your economy, if he slows down unexpectedly.
  1. Think ahead when approaching hills. If you accelerate, do it before you reach the hill, not while you’re on it.

GENERAL ADVICE

  1. Do not rest left foot on floor board pedals while driving. The slightest pressure puts “mechanical drag” on components, wearing them down prematurely. This “dragging” also demands additional fuel usage.
  1. Avoid rough roads whenever possible, because dirt or gravel robs you of up to 30% of your gas mileage.
  1. Use alternate roads when safer, shorter, and straighter. Compare traveling distance differences – remember that corners, curves and lane jumping require extra gas. The shortest distance between two points is always straight.
  1. Stoplights are usually timed for your motoring advantage. By traveling steadily at the legal speed limit you boost your chances of having the “green light” all the way.
  1. Automatic transmissions should be allowed to cool down when your car is idling at a standstill, e.g. railroad crossings, long traffic lights, etc. Place gear into neutral position. This reduces transmission strain and allows transmission to cool.
  1. Park car so that you can later begin to travel in forward gear; avoid reverse gear maneuvers to save gas.
  1. Regular tune-ups ensure best economy; check owner’s manual for recommended maintenance intervals. Special attention should be given to maintaining clean air filters… diminished air flow increases gas waste.
  1. Inspect suspension and chassis parts for occasional misalignment. Bent wheels, axles, bad shocks, broken springs, etc. create engine drag and are unsafe at high traveling speeds.
  1. Remove snow tires during good weather seasons; traveling on deep tire tread really robs fuel!
  1. Inflate all tires to maximum limit. Each tire should be periodically spun, balanced and checked for out-of-round. When shopping for new tires, get large diameter tires for rear wheels. Radial designs are the recognized fuel-savers; check manufacturer’s specifications for maximum tire pressures.
  1. Remove vinyl tops – they cause air drag. Rough surfaces disturb otherwise smooth air flow around a car’s body. Bear in mind when buying new cars that a fancy sun roof helps disturb smooth air flow (and mileage).
  1. Auto air conditioners can reduce fuel economy by 10% to 20%. Heater fan, power windows and seats increase engine load; the more load on your engine, the less miles per gallon.
  1. Remove excess weight from trunk or inside of car – extra tires, back seats, unnecessary heavy parts. Extra weight reduces mileage, especially when driving up inclines.
  1. Car pools reduce travel monotony and gas expense – all riders chip in to help you buy. Conversation helps to keep the driver alert. Pooling also reduces traffic congestion, gives the driver easier maneuverability and greater “steady speed” economy. For best results, distribute passenger weight evenly throughout car.
  1. During cold weather watch for icicles frozen to car frame. Up to 100 lbs. can be quickly accumulated! Unremoved snow and ice cause tremendous wind resistance. Warm water thrown on (or hosed on) will eliminate it fast.

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