Meals on Wheels
In February 2015, your Mission and Meals on Wheels announced a partnership that would merge these two vital nonprofits.
Through your continued support of your Mission and this program, you are now part of delivering meals each week to those who otherwise would be unable to leave home or cook for themselves.
“This is a perfect fit,” said Erika Flint, executive director of your Mission. “It is amazing for the Mission to take on a program which has been run so well for so many years and be a part of helping to ensure it keeps going strong long into the future.”
“Meals-on-Wheels” delivers quality, nutritionally balanced meals to people who are largely shut in to their homes and at risk of hunger. With a warm meal for lunch, a bagged meal for dinner, and a daily visit, the volunteer drivers and runners make a direct impact on the lives of your neighbors in need.
Throughout the years these visits have not only lifted spirits but saved lives. When a longtime volunteer showed up at Beverly’s house, she found the senior unresponsive laying on the floor. A diabetic, she was in sugar shock. The volunteer called 9-11 and in just a few days, Beverly was back in her home, healthy and excited to receive the meals that meet her dietary demands.
Through your support, the Mission will maintain this quality approach for food delivery and service that has been the hallmark of this program, while providing long term stability.
“We’ve made the right decision,” said Donna White, who has led the program since 1983, since taking over for founding director Irene Orloff.
“It’s all about having the heart for the people we serve and what we are striving to accomplish, and you see that here at the Mission,” she said. “I always think of what my mother-in-law Irene would think, and I know she would see that we are gaining a partner in the fight against hunger to keep individuals independent in the comfort of their own home.”
While the partnership will not be finalized until later in 2015, the two organizations have begun to intertwine services as Donna continues to coordinate her volunteers and the program has maintained contracts with the Samaritan Keep Home for food preparation.
The United Way of Northern New York has committed to maintaining its funding through an automatic extension through 2017 to ensure the merger’s success. Likewise, the Northern New York Community Foundation has given $25,000 (See article on page 5).
On May 13, 1968, Meals on Wheels delivered its very first meal. Today, more than 700 meals go out each week to individuals living in the city of Watertown and within a five mile radius. The cost for a weekday delivery plan of 10 meals is just $33.25, and $24.50 for a partial plan. However, no one is turned away from the program for an inability to pay. Weekend meals, delivered on Friday with that day’s meals are just $10 more.
To obtain meals, call 782-5555. With just a name, address, doctor’s information, dietary restrictions, an emergency contact and dislikes, a meal made to meet your dietary needs will start coming to your door the next day. Referrals come from Social Services, health care providers, neighbors, and Jefferson County Public Health.
In the Mission: Possible Capital Campaign, the Office of Meals on Wheels has been named in memory of Arthur J. Eagles and Elouise N. Salmon.
The Meals on Wheels America logo and ‘Together, We Can Deliver TM’ are trademarks of Meals on Wheels America and are used under license.