Meals on Wheels People

The mission of Meals on Wheels People is to enrich the lives of seniors and help them maintain their independence by making nutritious food, social contacts and other resources easily accessible. To the extent possible we will also serve disabled, institutionalized and nutritionally at-risk populations. We accomplish this through an organization that is community based, emphasizes volunteer involvement and is financially sound. Our vision is that no senior will go hungry or experience social isolation.
Jan 29, 2016

Hot Weekend Meals Allow Seniors To Age In Place

Meals on Wheels People serves and delivers 5,700 meals daily in the greater Portland metro area. About 3,000 of those meals are delivered to homebound seniors who have no other source of fresh food. It is often the meals we bring them that allow these frail elderly peole to remain independent and living in their own homes. Weekend meals assure that they will have a hot, nutritious meal and a friendly visit every single day.

More than 25% of those we serve live at or below the poverty level and the meals we bring them make all the difference. We have also seen a trend, over the past two years, of "younger" seniors -- those between the age of 60 and 65 -- requesting meals. Many of these people have not planned well for retirement, lost their jobs during the great recession and never recovered financially. They are also in poorer health than people in their early 60s were just 10 years ago.

Meals on Wheels People has also made great strides in adapting our menus to appeal to a changing demographic. We now offer a vegetable-based diet daily for those who request them. And, for many years, we have made available the DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) that focuses on whole grains, fruit, veg and lean meats. This diet is appropriate for those who need diabetic, low-sodium and/or low-cholesterol meals.

We frequently hear from the seniors we serve. Here is a letter received recently from Walter and Keiko: Thank you for your generosity. You make all the difference in so many lies. We are grateful for the meals and cherish the people who care about us. We  have hot meals daily that we just cannot prepare for ourselves. Your meals are healthy and tasty. Thank you for making our lives better!

Nov 5, 2015

Your Meals Allow My Mother to Remain at Home

We often receive notes from diners or their adult children letting us know what a difference meals have made. We recently received this letter from the adult daughter of one of our clients at our Elm Court Center: "Thnak you, thank you for providing meals to my mother for the past four months. The daily delivery of meals by your wonderful volunteers has made it possible for my 92-year-old mother to stay in her own home." Her mother, like many of our homebound clients, lives alone and has little to no access to fresh food other than what we provide. Our meals allow seniors to live independently in their own homes rather than entering institutional care.

Between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31, 2015, we served and delivered 318,161 meals to 10,516 older adults in the greater metro area. About one-third of these seniors also receive weekend meals -- either daily hot delivery of meals on weekends or frozen meals provided on Friday. More than 60% of our annual funding comes from community donations and we are exceedingly grateful to Global Giving donors for allowing us to continue our tradition of never turning away a senior in need.

Aug 19, 2015

Hot Weekend Meals a "Lifesaver" for Widower

Richard is a recent widower.  One of the "greatest generation" he never learned to cook, but relied on his wife to provide meals. He's 87, frail and living on his own. Meals on Wheels, including those delivered on the weekends, have been a lifesaver for Richard. "Four months ago my wife passed away leaving me to care for myself. And I don't cook!" Richard wrote to us. "Thank god for Meals on Wheels People. They provide great meals and someone to talk to." Richard is typical of those we serve. He lives alone on a fixed income and, although he owns his own home, is isolated and rarely sees anyone other than his volunteer Meals on Wheels driver. The daily delivery of hot, nutritous meals is what allows Richard to remain independent and living on his own.

Between May 15 and Aug 15, 2015, Meals on Wheels People served and delivered 321,272 meals to 10,362 older adults in the greater Portland metro area. More than 70% of our annual operating budget comes from the general public. Donations through Global Giving make meal delivery on this scale possible.

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