Meals on Wheels Needs Help to Feed Homebound Seniors
April 22, 2013
A local community group that provides the meals delivered to homebound seniors throughout the county could use some help of its own. Their need is often desperate by the time Meals on Wheels receives a first call for help, but 200 fewer Contra Costa County homebound elders will receive the daily nourishment they need from Meals on Wheels deliveries starting this year. Additionally, for the first time, the Meals on Wheels program has waiting lists of 70 or more homebound elders each day who need Meals on Wheels but who can’t be served.
Decreased funding and community donations are causing Meals on Wheels to significantly decrease the number of available meals and perhaps even reduce the number of daily delivery routes. Over 60% of Meals on Wheels Program funding comes from the charitable contributions by individual donors, foundation grants and from the Meals on Wheels Program participants themselves. Each or these revenue sources have either declined significantly, or failed to keep pace with an ever expanding need in the community.
Community contributions to Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa from individuals and charitable foundations are the largest single source of support for Meals on Wheels in Contra Costa County and subsidize virtually all of the 365,000 Meals on Wheels deliveries to nutritionally at-risk homebound elders each year.
Donations to Meals on Wheels can be sent to Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa, PO Box 3195, Martinez, CA 94553 or made via the website: www.mealsonwheelsofcontracosta.org.
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