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.