BTSS addresses the nutritional needs of Bloomfield Township seniors
with two essential programs, “Meals on Wheels” and Nutritional
Supplements. For additional information on either program, contact Donna
DeWitte, R.N., Nutrition Coordinator at 248.723.3500 or
(We do not provide nutritional services to West Bloomfield residents. Contact West Bloomfield Township at 248-451-4800 for more information.)
Nutritional supplements are available to Bloomfield Township seniors based on
medical necessity. BTSS orders Ensure® or Ensure Plus® monthly at a
reduced rate. Prices vary by product. Talk to your physician and see if
a nutritional supplement is recommended. A physician’s order (letter or
prescription) is required and must include:
- medical reason for liquid supplementation
- product type
- number of cans to be consumed per day
- current weight.
The physician’s order must be renewed annually.
“Meals on Wheels”
BTSS provides “Meals on Wheels” (MOW) to homebound (generally unable to drive or leave the home independently with ease and safety or to prepare complete meals) Bloomfield Township seniors. Meals are delivered by volunteer drivers Monday through Friday between 10:00 AM and 12 PM. The current cost is $5.00 per hot meal.
Current Hot Menu
Meals on Wheels FAQ’s
1. What is “Meals on Wheels”?
“Meals on Wheels” is a service offered
to homebound seniors (generally unable to drive or leave the home
independently with ease and safety or to prepare complete meals) within
the service area of BTSS.
2. Who is eligible?
To be eligible
for “Meals on Wheels”, the client must be: a person 62 years of age or
older and be fundamentally homebound. For additional eligibility
criteria please contact BTSS at 248.723.3500 or send an email.
3. How do I
You or a family member may apply by telephone 248.723.3500 or
complete the Nutrition Services Request Form and send it to BTSS via
email, mail or fax it to (248.723.3519). When BTSS receives a request
for home delivered meals the call and/or information is forwarded to the
Nutrition Coordinator. The Nutrition Coordinator will call the potential
recipient to obtain information regarding indications of need (reason
for meal request, health status, assistance devices), eligibility
requirements, and to explain the program.
4. What is the cost?
While the federal government recognizes $7.00 as the value of one home
delivered meal, our current charge is $5.00 per hot meal.
soon can I start?
Delivery of meals can generally begin approximately
2-3 weeks after the request is received. If your home is on a route that
is currently full, you may be placed on a waiting list. Please note that
the “Meals on Wheels” program is not an emergency food service.
How nutritious are the meals?
The meals are planned to provide 1/3 of
the USDA recommended daily nutrition for older adults. Please click on
the MENU link on the BTSS Transportation and Nutrition Services page to
view a sample menu. The meals are prepared and packaged offsite and
delivered to BTSS each morning.
7. Can you accommodate special diets?
Every meal is low sodium in that there is no added salt to food during
the preparation process. In order to limit the sodium content of the
meal, cured or processed meats are served no more than once a week.
Meals are “diabetic-friendly” in that fruit is served as the dessert.
8. Is the meal delivered hot or cold?
The meal is delivered hot
and can be served at that time or can be re-heated later that day.
(Reheating may reduce taste or visual appeal.)
9. When are the meals
The meals will be delivered between 10:00 AM -12:00 noon,
Monday – Friday.
10. Do I have to receive meals Monday through
No. Meal service can be arranged for any consistent
combination of days (Monday – Friday). Clients must agree to be home
during this period or call 2 business days in advance to cancel.
Who delivers the meals?
The meals are delivered by trained, screened
volunteers from the community. Volunteers do not handle payments or
12. Can the driver leave the meal if I am not home?
No. The driver will not leave a meal unattended. Food safety guidelines
do not allow us to leave the meals if no one is home.
part of our mission is to see each client for each delivery. If the
client does not respond to our attempts to deliver their scheduled meal,
BTSS will call the client’s emergency contacts.
13. What if I have to
cancel a meal?
To avoid invoicing, if you find that you will not be
home to accept your meal, please contact us at 248.723.3500 at least two
business days in advance in order for us to cancel your meal with our
supplier. Should an emergency occasion suddenly arise in which you must
be away from home, please call us at any time of the day or night so
that we do not send a volunteer driver to your home. Feel free to leave
a voice message as messages are checked regularly.