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 providing nutritious food, human connections and social support. We also use our expertise and capacity to serve other nutritionally at-risk populations. Our vision is that no senior will go hungry or experience social isolation.
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.

May 19, 2015

Hot Meals Allow Mary to Remain Independent at 92

We received this letter recently from Mary B, who recieves hot meals from Meals on Wheels People 7 days a week:

"Thank you so much for your meal deliveries. Up until six months ago, I was getting around fine -- driving, shopping, cooking -- until I came down with vertigo and was reduced to nothing! My friends came to my rescue and insisted I sign up for Meals on Wheels and now everything is getting better. I like your meals and, since I cannot get out to go grocery shopping, they make a big difference. I never thought I would live to be age 92! Thank you for everything."

Mary is typical of many of those we serve. She is widowed, lives on her own and has little access to fresh food. Our hot, weekday and weekend meals allow her to remain independent and living in her own home. The volunteer driver is often the only person Mary will see on an average day. The Meals on Wheels driver not only delivers a hot, nutritious meal, but provides a wellness check to ensure that Mary is okay every day. The cost of providing a daily hot meal to a homebound senior is just $1,320 annually, while the cost of institutional care can be $60,000 or more for a year. 

Between Feb. 15 and May 15, 2015, Meals on Wheels People served and delivered more than 317,500 meals to older adults in the greater Portland-Vancouver metro area. We are very grateful to the donors through Global Giving who help make that possible.

Feb 18, 2015

Hot Weekend Meals Allow Sam to Age in Place

"Sam" is widowed and lives alone. After her husband died suddenly, she found herself lonely and depressed. She began to attend the the senior meal site in Gresham, Oregon where she was soon engaged as a daily volunteer. 

“There is no question that the people at the Ambleside Center were a lifeline for me and helped me through my depression,” Sam said. “Before I knew it, I was volunteering! I can’t do the whole job – I know I have limitations – but I do what I can and they welcome what skills I do have.”

Sam recently fell at home and broke a couple of ribs and is now receiving Meals on Wheels. “I’m seeing the program from an entirely different angle now,” she said with a laugh. “Some of the volunteers I saw at the center every day are now delivering my meals. It’s interesting to see the different personalities of the drivers. I can see how a little friendly visit can make a world of difference to a homebound senior.”

Sam is one of thousands of seniors we serve daily -- and who depend on Meals on Wheels for both daily sustenance and a friendly visit. This service is even more vital for those, like Sam, who receive meals on the weekends as well. They typically have no access to fresh food other than what the Meals on Wheels People volunteer brings them. For many, the only whole fruit they see is what comes in their lunch. The cost of providing a year of meals to a homebound senior is $1,320 while the cost of institutional care is upwards of $60,000 annually. Meals on Wheels allows seniors to age in place, enriching our neighborhoods and allowing them to maintain their dignity. We are very appreciative of the many donations that have come in from Global Giving to help us maintain this program.

 
   

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