Meals On Wheels Goes International

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St. Louis, MO, Physician starts a unique program to provide free healthcare to homebound citizens and international cultural awareness for the community through food.

Where can someone get authentic international meals delivered to their home by volunteers accompanied by physicians that give free checkups? The Janet Educational Foundation in St. Louis, MO, has combined in-home healthcare and authentic international cuisine to spread cultural awareness and education to homebound citizens through the Meals On Wheels International Program (MOWIP).

MOWIP is composed of a team of chefs that specialize in authentic international cuisine, physicians, educators, and volunteers from the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The founder of MOWIP, Dr. Mahrukh Khan MD, started the program in honor of her grandmother. Dr. Khan’s passion for cultural education and her desire to improve the quality of life for homebound citizens like her grandmother gave birth to this unique idea.

The MOWIP Congregate Meal Chefs prepare daily meals that are distributed by RSVP volunteers. The menu consists of authentic dishes from all over the world. Each dish is accompanied by a pamphlet that describes the dish, the culture in which is originates, and other MOWIP resources such as days and times of cooking classes taught by program volunteers. Participants also receive free in-home health screenings from MOWIP family practice physicians. Dr. Khan states, “It is another way to provide comprehensive services to people that may not have the resources to receive care. Meals On Wheels International can save clients out-of-pocket doctor visit costs, feed them, educate them about other cultures, and help them to maintain their health.”

To receive more information about MOWIP, The Janet Educational Foundation, or to volunteer, visit http://janetfoundation.org/ or call (314) 620-9424.

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