What is the Food is Medicine Coalition (FIMC)?

A volunteer association of nonprofit, medically-tailored food and nutrition services (FNS) providers from across the country for the purpose of advancing public policy that supports access to food and nutrition services for people with severe and/or chronic illnesses, promoting research on the efficacy of food and nutrition services on health outcomes and cost of care and sharing best practices in the provision of medically-tailored meals and of nutrition education and counseling.

Medically-Tailored Meals

Medically-Tailored Meals (MTMs) are meals customized specifically for a client’s chronic disease(s) or medical conditions.
• Involves nutritional education
• Physician-directed
Even though we have been providing these meals since 1971, Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana officially changed from using the term “physician directed” to MTMs several years ago.

Quick Facts

of our physicians do any nutritional education as part of their practice
of our clients have multiple diagnoses and multiple dietary needs
of our clients need specific diet orders

Client Testimonials

Doug K. Thompson

"These meals saved my life and when I totally regain my strength and can drive, I want to give back and deliver meals for Meals on Wheels.”

Kathryn Lawrence

"Sometimes during my treatments, I wouldn’t even be able to get up. I did not know how my girls were going to eat. (Little Red Door partnership)"

Additional Reading Materials (Print & Download Available)

Medically-Tailored Diet Sheet


• Clarification of diet orders for Medically-Tailored Meals

Medically-Tailored Meals Pyramid of Success


• The differences between Medically-Tailored Meals, Therapeutic Diet, Nutritious Diet and Regular Diet

Medically-Tailored Meals Fact Sheet 2017


• Mission statement
• Benefits included
• Program information

Our Impact in 2019

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