MEALS ON WHEELS WANTS TO WISH ALL OF OUR FRIENDS HAPPY HOLIDAYS

MEALS ON WHEELS
WANTS TO WISH ALL OF OUR FRIENDS
HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Serving Solano County Since 1977

Holidays are a time for family, food and togetherness. Unfortunately there are thousands of seniors right here in Solano County who are alone and hungry. Each senior that we serve is a unique, beautiful person with needs. Together with our circle of 200+ volunteers we help our seniors age with dignity and security. At this point in life no one should have to wonder where their next meal will come from. Your donation can “Deliver a Difference” for seniors like Rachel and give them a reason to be thankful this holiday season. Following is Rachel’s  story who is just one of our many clients.

Last holiday season Rachel came to us as a client who was referred by social services. Rachel lived alone in a small apartment complex and suffered from advanced dementia. She had no family or close friends and her previous caregiver had taken advantage of her financially.

As a result of her dementia she had started several fires by forgetting food on the stove so her stove had been disconnected. Her microwave was broken and she had no way to heat the meals we brought her. We contacted our local Home Depot who graciously donated a one-touch microwave for Rachel. We wrote directions and practiced using the microwave with her. This occurred during the Thanksgiving holiday and two Meals on Wheels staff members took turns checking on her each day and making sure she was eating over the break.

We worked diligently with Adult Protective Services and Area Agency on Aging and ultimately were able to get her a new caretaker and case management services that ensured she was being taken care of on a daily basis.

During this holiday season as you count your many blessings, I invite you to make a charitable contribution to Meals on Wheels of Solano County and “Deliver a Difference.” Your donation will help ensure that we continue to deliver a nutritious meal and a warm smile approximately 150,000 times in the coming year.

How You Can Help…

  • Donate Now – 100% of your donation goes to feed seniors right here in Solano County.
  • Adopt-a-Senior for 6 months: $120
  • Adopt-a-Senior for a year: $240
  • For $1000 you can fee 8 seniors for an entire year!
  • Give monthly for ongoing support.
  • Leave a Legacy by including Meals on Wheels of Solano County in your estate planning.

Creating a Living Legacy, which may cost you nothing now, is to include Meals on Wheels of Solano County in your estate planning. Make a gift for the future and create a living legacy that reflects your values.

You can make your donation via our website at www.mealsonwheelssolano.org/give or mail a check to Meals on Wheels of Solano County 95 Marina Center, Suisun, CA 94585.

If you can’t donate financially PLEASE consider donating time to volunteer as a meal delivery driver in your community. If you are interested in volunteering contact our office at 707-425-0638 and ask for Carrie our Volunteer Coordinator.

Thank you so much for your support and we wish you a Happy Holiday Season from everyone here at Meals on Wheels of Solano County.

Yours Truly,
Laurie Hartmann
Executive Director

Did You Know…

  • 9.3 million Americans over the age of 60 face the threat of hunger. That’s 1 in 6!
  • Since the onset of the recession the number of seniors experiencing threat of hunger has increased by 49%.
  • 27 million is the anticipated number of seniors needing long-term support services by 2050 – more than double the current number.
  • 12% of Solano County’s population are seniors, followed by 40-59 year olds at 29%.
  • This means that within 2 decades it is anticipated that 46% (approximately 200,000) of Solano County’s population will be seniors.

How We Help…

  • 2.5 million seniors receive home-delivered or congregate meals via Meals on Wheels programs nationwide.
  • Half a million veterans receive home-delivered or congregate meals via Meals on Wheels programs nationwide.
  • Last year in Solano County we served over 150,000 meals to seniors in need.
  • Our annual client satisfaction survey showed that:
    • 93% of our clients rated the food as good or excellent
    • 100% of our clients stated that they were able to maintain or increase their access to nutritious food.
    • 91% of our clients stated that their overall health and well-being has improved as a result of our programs.     

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