The Issue: Food Insecurity of Homebound Seniors
Among the elderly clients of Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud, more than 77% lived below the poverty line in 2010. According to a report from USA Today, some of these people can no longer walk, others are nearly deaf, and many seem “lost” living alone. But food insecurity and the struggle of maintaining a nutritious diet are threats they all face. To help seniors eat nutritiously and stay connected to their community, Meals on Wheels' volunteers dedicate their time and efforts to delivering food and company.
The Campaign: Delivering Nutritious Lunches to Seniors
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud to prepare and deliver nutritious meals for homebound seniors while checking on their wellbeing. For every $260 raised, volunteers can deliver two weeks worth of nutritious lunches to 13 low-income seniors. Providing these meals helps to significantly improve the nutritional intake of those who cannot leave their home and fend off the effects of social isolation.
Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud
By 7 a.m. each day, the kitchen staff at Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud is already hard at work preparing the day's meals. Along with the typical protein, vegetables, and starch, plus bread, fruit, and a freshly baked dessert, the crew also makes several dozen specialized meals each day to accommodate dietary needs and restrictions. Volunteers chip in around 8 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 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 and company in addition to hot, nutritious meals.
Although Meals on Wheels' history stretches across the country, every chapter has its own story. In Loveland and Berthoud, local Red Cross volunteer Dorothy Morin, philanthropist Helen Erion, and a group of concerned individuals first prepared and delivered meals for homebound residents out of the local Elks Club kitchen in January of 1968. More than four decades later, a team of 11 volunteers serves more than 567 clients and delivers more than 60,000 meals for homebound seniors every year.
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