Meeting the Need: Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of Wake County = Big Impact for Local Seniors

For over 44 years Meals on Wheels of Wake County has been a trusted agency in local senior care. Because of all the people who have joined together to care for our senior neighbors, this powerhouse movement served its 9 MILLIONTH meal on December 6, 2017.

But, looking past the number of meals, you will find our wonderful clients who benefit from our impact daily. Among our 1,300 recipients there are veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, teachers, police officers, homemakers, nurses, musicians, business owners, farmers, church and community volunteers — men and women from all walks of life. They have spent a lifetime helping others. Now, due to frail health and limited resources, they need our help.

Nationally, Meals on Wheels programs rank high among the best agencies in social services. We have “eyes & ears” on our clients daily. We represent food security, better health, and social connections for homebound seniors.

Locally, we provide a means for our community to efficiently and compassionately care for our aging neighbors. At the heart of this community solution are more than 2,000 volunteers who keep the wheels turning throughout Wake County. Serving up friendship and nutrition in both senior dining rooms and through deliveries directly to seniors’ homes, Meals on Wheels is making Wake County stronger, safer, and more senior-friendly.

Right now, nearly one out of every six seniors in this country may not know where their next meal is coming from and millions more are suffering from isolation. Research shows that malnourished, isolated seniors have a higher rate of hospital readmissions, have longer hospital stays, have a higher risk of falls, and a higher risk of substance abuse. Meals on Wheels saves billions in taxpayer spending by keeping seniors healthy and in their homes and out of hospitals and nursing homes. We can provide an entire year of Meals on Wheels service to a client for less than the average cost of one week in a nursing home or one day in a hospital.

In Wake County we are on the cusp of an aging tsunami. Over the next few years we will experience a 152% increase (over 158,000 people) in the 65+ population. It is imperative that we have the necessary resources to care for our vulnerable elderly neighbors. Our critical services promote good health and well-being for our seniors, and provide economic and social benefits for our community.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to Meals on Wheels to help us sustain our crucial mission please visit www.wakemow.org or call 919-833-1749.