Meals on Wheels of Norman, Inc. a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) non-profit agency. Forty-five years ago, Tedo Prickett and June Morgan saw the need and brought Meals on Wheels to the Norman community. The mission of Meals on Wheels is to provide nutritious noon-time meals to ill, disabled, and senior members of Norman. Meals on Wheels has maintained the same basic philosophy to improve nutrition by providing meal service to the ill, disabled, and senior residents within the Norman city limits. To improve the mental health of the isolated recipients by providing visitation; and to improve the well-being of senior citizens by coordinating with existing services in our community.
In order to serve the community, Meals on Wheels relies on a base of over 160 volunteer drivers to deliver approximately 300 meals each weekday. There are 20 different routes that are delivered daily between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Volunteers deliver hot noon-time meals as well as, shelf-stable meals for the weekends and holidays, and pet food to our recipients with furry friends. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and range in age from elementary school students to retirees. The service these volunteers provide is much greater than just meal delivery. They offer a lifeline to our isolated clients. On many occasions volunteers have found clients in life threatening situations are were able to save the day by just being there. During 2016 a total of 66,313 meals were delivered to 711 ill, disabled, and senior residents of Norman.
Meals on Wheels is governed by a Board of Directors who are active in all fundraising as well as daily operations. The staff is comprised of three full-time and one part-time positions. Interns through the University of Oklahoma Work-Study Program and TANF workers provide additional office help.
Since 1972 Meals on Wheels of Norman has delivered 1.9 million meals to the ill, disabled, and elderly of our community. Individually, the daily meal delivery provides friendly companionship, prevention of isolation, promotion of independent living, and life-saving interaction. Meals on Wheels is a very needed and worthwhile service in our community.
Volunteers are the driving force behind Meals on Wheels. A minimum of 100 drivers are needed to get the meals out each week. Both regular and volunteer driving positions are available. Special events like our annual golf tournament and poinsettia sale also have open volunteer positions.
Meals on Wheels also has a pet food program for clients with furry friends. Last year 6,947.13 pounds of pet food were delivered. There is no cost to the Meals on Wheels clients for this program. Animeals program is funded through donations of pet food and contributions specifically designated for pet food.
Contributions, volunteerism, and special projects are all ways to make a difference in the lives of the ill, disabled, and senior members of our community.
Experts report that 50% of all health conditions impacting older Americans are directly connected to a lack of nutrients. Simply put, Meals on Wheels is the answer! Our 2016 annual survey results show that 100% of meal recipients say that they have a healthier diet and 99% credit MOW with their ability to remain independent. 96% of the respondents report improved emotional and physical health. Another 92% state that they are less isolated due to the program and 99% say they feel safer.
The essential service provided by Meals on Wheels is threatened by reductions in funding and the uncertain economy. Our organization is at risk of reducing meal deliveries and establishing a waiting list! More than 85% of the individuals served by Meals on Wheels are unable to pay at a level that covers the cost of the meal. One-third of our clients receive the meals free of charge. It is imperative that our organization cover the cost of all meals regardless of the income status of our clients. Meals on Wheels needs your help to ensure that all frail of health and homebound seniors in need will receive meals, regardless of income status. A gift of $100 will provide meals to an individual for more than a month, a gift of $1,000 will provide meals for a year.
Meals on Wheels is a very worthwhile organization whose volunteers provide a life-saving service. Our organization is governed by an active and dedicated board of directors with 100% contributing financially. I hope that you will help the ill, disabled, and senior individuals served by Meals on Wheels. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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