It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you!
Congratulations to Meals on Wheels, King County: www.seniorservices.org/foodassistance/MealsonWheels
Here’s what Marina has to say about this fearless organization:
“The dedicated Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers are not satisfied with delivering nutritious and delicious meals to thousands of homebound seniors each week. They’re also constantly looking for ways to reach underserved members of the community. One idea is to partner with cultural/ethnic community centers in different neighborhoods to prepare and deliver culturally appropriate meals to seniors who are not accustomed to the regular, more traditionally “American” meal options.
Another project is to connect local farmers with surplus harvest to seniors who are not mobile enough to get out to the farmer’s market and might not be able to afford the produce even if they could go.
I volunteered with this organization and was amazed by the dedication of the staff. The drivers, for instance, do not simply drop off the meals but take time to check in on seniors and even visit with them. And the program is accessible to everyone over 60 regardless of their ability to pay.
Another important aspect of the program that’s often overlooked is the peace of mind that they give to loved ones and caregivers of seniors, who can get a bit of a break but know that their parent(s)/loved ones will have food and someone checking in on them every weekday.
The whole organization does such a great job and has so many exciting and innovative projects in the works that they deserve lots of recognition and support.”
A little more info:
“Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious and delicious frozen meals to thousands of homes throughout King County each week. We make it easy for home-bound persons age 60 or more to eat well and remain independent. Our 33 meal options are packaged to be heated in a microwave or conventional oven—giving you the freedom to make a hot meal in just minutes without the hassle of grocery shopping or worrying about the nutritional value of your food.”