Food Insecurity for seniors is a growing concern as 8.3 million American seniors face the threat of hunger every day, with increased incidence in Southern states. The Meals on Wheels organizations within the triangle (Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Durham and Wake County), collectively deliver 1700+ nutritious hot meals a day (415,000+ annually) to our home bound neighbors to improve health, reduce isolation and to help seniors and disabled persons maintain independent lifestyles.
Since 1974 Meals on Wheels of Wake County has provided a daily meal to our senior and disabled neighbors. Each meal is given to a person who has lived a full and productive life. They have spent their lifetime helping others. Now they need our help.
Miss P’s career was in high gear when she was diagnosed with MS. A rapid progression of the disease forced her to retire early and she is now confined to a wheelchair. Miss E. was looking forward to her retirement years when she had to have both legs amputated beneath her knees. Miss R. is dealing with the affects of crippling rheumatoid arthritis and cannot cook for herself. The stories could go on and on. The reality is that because they receive a daily meal and a visit from a caring volunteer they are able to remain living independently in their own home.
At Meals on Wheels our goals are simple. We provide our participants with a daily, nutritious hot meal that improves health and diet; a daily check-up and visit that makes them feel safer in their homes; and the opportunity to continue living independently, with dignity, in their own home.