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Your Generosity At Work

The coronavirus hit with the impact of a tidal wave, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake and inflicting its most deadly threat on the world’s senior population. The unthinkable suddenly became the unstoppable and millions more seniors were forced to join the ranks of the millions who already relied on the vital lifeline delivered by Meals on Wheels.


YOUR GENEROSITY HELPED LOCAL 
MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAMS SERVE VIRTUALLY
EVERY COMMUNITY ACROSS THE COUNTRY

The Impact of Your Donations

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The cumulative impact of your generosity was absolutely awe-inspiring. Thanks to your donations, we quickly sprung into action and started distributing Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund grants in April to the communities that needed it the most. By July, our local programs had already successfully scaled to serve 47% more seniors than they were pre-pandemic, and had increased the number of meals by 77%.

THE IMPACT ON LOCAL PROGRAMS 

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85%
Purchased More Food to scale Up Their Services
50%
PURCHASED NECESSARY SUPPLIES TO CONTINUE TO SAFELY SERVE 
33%
PAID FOR ADDITIONAL DRIVERS, CATERERS AND OFFICE STAFF TO MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN 
17%
COVERED THE COSTS TO OPERATE AND MAINTAIN RELIABLE FLEETS OF VEHICLES 

You Did So Much to Make Good Go Further...

As of this writing, COVID-19 is rapidly rising in nearly every state across the country. Whatever the future holds, we know that seniors will remain among its greatest victims unless we continue to take action. That’s why we partnered with nearly 30 national corporations to run the “Don’t Stop Now™” campaign that celebrated the spirit of giving, while actively motivating individuals and companies to keep supporting vulnerable seniors. Companies stepped up to take a variety of actions that truly made a difference.

THE CHALLENGING ROAD AHEAD

Even before COVID-19 emerged as a worldwide threat, our nation was falling far short in its efforts to care for our aging neighbors. Already, there were nearly:

9.7
million

SENIORS IN AMERICA STRUGGLING WITH HUNGER

7.7
million

SENIORS WHO WERE SOCIALLY ISOLATED

7.4
‍Million

SENIORS WITH INCOMES BELOW THE POVERTY LINE

In 2020, Meals on Wheels programs were hobbled by COVID-19 in profound ways that will be felt for quite some time. The financial situation is expected to get worse before it gets better, and it is predicted to take up to three years to recover from the hit that they suffered in rising to this challenge.

WE AREN’T OUT OF THE WOODS YET

In addition to the rising demand, increased costs and gaps in funding have created even greater financial strain.

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86%
of our programs believe they are not meeting the needs of their communities
29%
WOULD NEED TO DOUBLE HOME-DELIVERY EFFORTS TO MEET THE NEED
74%
WORRY THEY’LL LOSE FINANCIAL SUPPORT, BUT KEEP CLIENTS
62%
WON’T BE ABLE TO KEEP CLIENTS WITHOUT CONTINUED CASH HELP

Our programs worked around the clock, rethinking and restructuring their normally high-touch service model to safely address the surge of dramatically increased demand. And, through an outpouring of generosity to the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Fund, we were able to serve meals to a million more seniors and to go further than ever before to provide them with social interaction and a watchful eye.

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Our mission is to Educate you about

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  • Education
  • Training
  • Development
  • Financial Grow

OUR ROADMAP TO ENDING SENIOR HUNGER AND ISOLATION

We will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure Meals on Wheels remains the solution that’s fully able to support our nation’s seniors – today, tomorrow and for many decades to come. The strategic roadmap that will guide our efforts to achieve this goal is supported by the Go Further Fund, which will:

Heroic stories in the Face of the Pandemic

EDITH’S LIFE-SAVING STORY 

While sheltering in place, Edith hadn’t seen a single friend or family member in months, so her Meals on Wheels volunteer’s regular delivery proved incredibly fortuitous. Edith suffered a dangerous fall and couldn’t pick herself up off the floor. In desperate need of medical attention, she was unable to reach her phone. 

Fortunately, her Meals on Wheels volunteer, Candy, happened to pay a routine visit to Edith’s home shortly after the accident. And, since Candy has been dutifully delivering meals to Edith for the last eight years, she instantly knew something was wrong when Edith failed to answer the door. 

That’s why Candy immediately called 911 and Edith was quickly rushed to the hospital where doctors were able to nurse her back to health. “If it weren’t for Candy’s visit, I really don’t know when or if I would’ve been found in time,” Edith says. “Thank you for saving my life.” 

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL SOUTHERN MAIN AGENCY ON AGING
SCARBOROUGH, ME 

ERLE’S COVID-19 SAFETY STORY 

A man who has worn many hats, Erle is a World War II veteran, a former science-fiction book publisher and former criminal defense lawyer. For the last 50 years, he’s lived in a rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco. Since the coronavirus arrived, he’s been doing his best to stay out of harm’s way.

"I was so happy to have Meals on Wheels while in lockdown,” Erle says. “You couldn’t walk the streets at the time because it just wasn’t safe. It was such a relief to have food delivered right to my door. With or without COVID-19, I’m just so incredibly thankful that I don’t have to worry about ever missing a meal.” 

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL MEALS ON WHEELS SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Ken's Social Connection story

Access to food was difficult for Ken, even before COVID-19 struck. However, since he started receiving meals and a friendly knock at his door from Meals on Wheels, he’s had a much better time of it.

As a social person, loneliness became an issue for him during the pandemic. “I was in a very bad run when the pandemic first hit,” he says. But, with weekly calls from his local Meals on Wheels program, he’s feeling more connected. He says, “I actually feel a little vibrant. Like I don’t have to worry too much.”

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL YPSILANTI MEALS ON WHEELS
YPSILANTI, MI

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