The Issue: Food Insecurity Among Elderly
Among the elderly clients of Meals on Wheels of East Boulder County, more than 44 percent are below the poverty line. Food insecurity and the consequential struggle of maintaining a nutritious diet are some of the central struggles of these elderly, low-income clients.
The Campaign: Meals for Clients Returning from Hospital
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Meals on Wheels of East Boulder County can provide 32 of its clients participating in the Project Homecoming program with five nutritious meals each. Through Project Homecoming, volunteers deliver meals to clients who have recently been released from the hospital, helping ensure they have a smoother recovery and can remain largely self-sufficient in their own homes. Each additional $50 raised will provide a month's worth of meals for another client in the Project Homecoming program.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Coal Creek Meals on Wheels
By 7 a.m. each day, the kitchen staff at Coal Creek Meals on Wheels is already hard at work preparing the day's meals. Along with the typical daily meal based on protein, vegetables, and starch, plus bread, fruit, and a freshly baked dessert, the crew also makes several dozen specialized meals each day to accommodate special dietary needs and restrictions. Volunteers chip in around 9 a.m. to bag and package the food, and when the volunteer drivers arrive at 11 a.m., the food is ready for delivery. But the volunteer drivers do more than just deliver hot meals to the organization's homebound elderly, disabled, or ill clients—they also serve as friendly visitors, providing wellness check-ins in addition to hot, nutritious meals. Coal Creek Meals on Wheels has seen a 16% increase in clients since 2010, and its volunteers delivered more than 16,000 meals in 2012.