Across our country and around the world, people are facing challenges ahead. It is no doubt that the most vulnerable and at-risk populations for contracting COVID-19 lies with our senior friends and family.
Over the past few months, Meals on Wheels of Denton County has seen an increase in community need and anticipates this need to continue.
Regularly, we serve over 109,000 meals each years to seniors in North Texas.
With the closings of many local restaurants and reduction in household incomes, we have seen a large rise in people we’re helping and expect to serve an extra 35,000 meals in 2020 alone.
We are proud to say that we continue to bring on new seniors to the program without a Wait List. The people we serve are the most at risk, and more vulnerable than ever.
It is our mission to serve those in need. The core of our actions will always be mission-focused: a mission of help and of hope. Especially in times of turmoil.
In order to keep clients, volunteers and staff members safe and healthy, Meals on Wheels has had to make adjustments to operations.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers personally delivered hot meals to seniors. Our operations have now had to change- volunteers are delivering a week's worth of meals to seniors once a week.
While this change is not ideal, we believe that this is necessary to keep both clients and volunteers safe, by minimizing exposure.
Additionally, everyone we serve has received 10 extra meals to keep on hand should an emergency arise and we are not able to deliver meals as expected.
One of our biggest worries with changes has been keeping seniors from feeling isolated. Even though our volunteers are not seeing the seniors personally every day, we are still connecting with them. Each one of our seniors is being checked in on by a local volunteer calling them throughout the week to make sure they're doing okay.
We are happy to collaborate with CVS Health to launch the COVID-19 PMO Fundraiser Campaign.
A monetary donation will help us to have a greater impact as we have can purchase food at a lower cost, and will help us to help seniors in need right away.
At this time of uncertainty, we have seen the compassion and care of our community. North Texans take care of their neighbors, and we are grateful to be a witness to this outpouring of kindness and generosity. We like to say that we are “more than a meal”, and this statement is still true, even when we’re apart.
Thank you for the support of your elderly neighbors as we all look out for one another. We may be forced to distance ourselves from one another physically, but there is still hope and love. The world may change around us, but we will remain here for one another in communal spirit, strength and heart to face this challenge.
Meals on Wheels of Denton County