Friend of the Elderly 2014
President & CEO
Meals on Wheels Association of America
Senior hunger in America is a monumental problem. The latest research reveals 8.8 million seniors in the United States face the threat of hunger. Looking at the numbers, it is easy to become discouraged. Looking at the people that the numbers represent, however, encourages the Meals on Wheels Association of America to develop their plan.
There are about 5,000 nutrition programs in the United States. These programs provide well over one million meals to seniors who need them each day. Some programs serve meals at congregate locations like senior centers, some programs deliver meals directly to the homes of seniors whose mobility is limited, and many programs provide both services.
While remarkable, the one million meals per day figure underestimates the size and shape of the Meals on Wheels network and its reach and influence in communities across America. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of seniors who receive meals, there are many thousands of professionals employed at the various local senior nutrition programs across the United States. More notable than that is the virtual army of two million volunteers who volunteer their time for these programs.
More than 1,100 RHF residents receive meals from Meals on Wheels in 105 of our communities.
Yellowwood Terrace in Clarksville, Indiana serves as a location for putting together the meals being delivered in their area and the La Fontaine Center in Huntington, Indiana serves as a congregate location for seniors in the community to receive a nutritious meal. The residents at Towne Creek Apartments in McKinney, Texas volunteer by stuffing envelopes for their local Meals on Wheels program, signing Christmas cards, and putting application packets together.
For the amazing work that they do in providing meals to seniors across the country, RHF is pleased to present Meals on Wheels Association of America the 2014 Friend of the Elderly Award.