Absolutely. Reasonable guidelines can be created that allow Meals on Wheels recipients to maintain a respectful, honoring time to give thanks for the meal. Part of the Meals on Wheels program is to encourage a sense of community along with the sharing of sustenance. Giving thanks corporately allows for reflection and expression of gratitude within a faith-based organization. Here are some suggested guidelines:
1. Mealtime prayers at MOWAA sites are a time for reflection and expression of gratitude.
2. Participation is completely voluntary.
3. Brevity is appreciated, along with an honoring message that is inclusive of all faiths.
4. Statements which are political in nature or an attempt to persuade others to adopt an ideology are not appropriate and are incompatible with the mission of MOWAA.
-- SHELLY HANSEN, West Richland