SUPPORT INCREASED FUNDING DURING OLDER AMERICANS MONTH - URGE CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S PROPOSED INCREASE
Use this link: http://cqrcengage.com/mealsonwheelsamerica/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=499525 to urge your Representative to protect and increase federal funding for Meals on Wheels programs in FY 2020 and beyond.
On May 1 the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Ed) Appropriations Subcommittee passed an increase in funding for the Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Program of $93 million over current levels, bringing total Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding to $1 billion! If approved, this proposed increase would help support Meals on Wheels programs across the country to deliver critical services to seniors in need. This proposal mirrors the requests for a 10% increase in OAA Nutrition Program funding that we've been making collectively through letters, testimony, meal deliveries and site visits during March for Meals, meetings, regular communications and outreach, and more. While this funding increase is not yet final and there are multiple steps that must still occur in the appropriations process to bring it to fruition, this is an incredible testament to our network's persistent advocacy efforts, and we can't let up now.
Following yesterday's Subcommittee markup, the House Labor-HHS-Ed spending bill will now go to the full House Appropriations Committee for consideration on or around May 8. This means we have a week to influence our Representatives at this point in the appropriations process and urge them to support the Subcommittee's proposed increased funding for home-delivered and congregate nutrition programs.
Raleigh Beehive Collective Grant to Fund New MOW Initiative - Hospital to Home
Meals on Wheels of Wake County is thrilled to announce that we are the recipient of the 2019 Beehive Collective’s large grant of $50,000 over 2 years. Our project is to provide 10 days of meals to seniors (aged 60 and over) who have been discharged from a hospital or rehab center. This service will allow seniors the chance to recover or make other arrangements for meals following a hospital stay. Patients will be referred to the service by Raleigh area hospital staff, the patient's doctor, or home-health care agencies for patients located in Raleigh.
The purpose of the meal delivery is to allow senior patients to continue their recovery without the added worry of meal preparation. In addition to nutritious meals that will help the recovery process, patients will also receive a daily visit by a caring volunteer who can make sure that they are doing well. They can immediately report if the patient needs additional assistance. The overall objective is to assist patients in their transition to home and reduce hospital re-admission rates. This short-term meal delivery program will also help to address problems such as food insecurity, malnutrition, transportation challenges, living alone, depression, and other social determinants of health.
The Beehive Collective is a giving circle that awards grants to nonprofits working toward making Raleigh a better place. Members of the Beehive Collective are also interested in supporting and promoting the development of women through leadership opportunities. By pooling their resources and organizing fun events, they raise money to fund community projects. Since 2008, they have given away more than $150,000 in support of causes ranging from public transportation to youth healthcare.
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Bank of American Foundation Donates a $10,000 Grant
In May 2018 the Bank of America Foundation donated a $10,000 grant to Meals on Wheels of Wake County. Board member Keith Erazmus brought the check to the Board meeting. This grant will help to purchase over 1,400 meals for our homebound clients in need.
Meals on Wheels of Wake County Delivers 9 Millionth Meal
December 6, 2017
Meals on Wheels of Wake County celebrated a huge milestone today – the delivery of our 9 millionth meal. NC Governor Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper made the special delivery to a wonderful MOW client, Miss Millie Veasey. Millie is a WWII vet and graduate of St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh. She has served the Raleigh community for many, many years. She will celebrate her 100th birthday in January.
For over 44 years Meals on Wheels of Wake County has been a trusted agency in local senior care. Looking past the number of meals, you will find our wonderful clients who benefit from our impact daily. Among our 1,300 recipients there are veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, teachers, police officers, homemakers, nurses, musicians, business owners, farmers, church and community volunteers - men and women from all walks of life. They have spent a lifetime helping others. Now, due to frail health and limited resources, they need our help.
Meals on Wheels programs rank high among the best agencies in social services. We have “eyes & ears” on our clients daily. We represent food security, better health, and social connections for homebound seniors. We provide a means for our community to efficiently and compassionately care for our aging neighbors. At the heart of this community solution are more than 2,000 volunteers who keep the wheels turning throughout Wake County. Serving up friendship and nutrition in both senior dining rooms and through deliveries directly to seniors’ homes, Meals on Wheels is making Wake County stronger, safer, and more senior-friendly.
Stewards Fund Challenge Grant
We need your help to reach the Stewards Fund Challenge Grant. If we raise $80,000 from new donors, increased donations from existing donors, or donations from a lapsed donors the Stewards Fund will match it dollar for dollar. That means another $80,000 (11,000+ meals) for Meals on Wheels. Donations must be received between November 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018. The challenge is on – help us reach the goal.
May 22, 2017 - MOW Receives Bank of America Grant
Meals on Wheels of Wake County is grateful to Bank of America for a $10,000 grant that will help to purchase over 1,400 meals for our senior neighbors in need. For many Wake County seniors who are homebound, access to nutritious food and social interaction are daily challenges. Teaming up with Bank of America, we’re are able to continue addressing these critical needs. Our MOW clients rely on us to visit with them daily to provide not only a meal, but also a social visit with a caring volunteer. Our partnerships with corporate foundations are crucial to our ability to continue our mission to provide these meals to a vulnerable population.