Meals on Wheels was recently featured in two different stories about senior hunger in The Indianapolis Star. The first article is an interview with our client Eva. The second one spotlights our senior-friendly food pantry and our new Proxy Shopper program. A big thank you to Erika Smith, Star reporter, for the wonderful exposure of the issue of food insecurity among our senior population.
“As far as I’m concerned, the Meals on Wheels volunteers are nice people to talk to. And the meals are nice, too.”
Pictures of Emery’s large, extended family adorn the walls throughout his small but tidy home. It’s obvious that ‘family’ is very important to him. As he points to a large photograph of his mother, he speaks adoringly of how she managed to raise 13 children when his father passed away when he was only nine years old.
Emery’s love of music traces back to when he began music lessons in high school, and he has never stopped being involved with music since those early days. As he settles down at his piano, or, as he prefers to call it, “his baby,” he tenderly opens the well-worn book filled with hundreds of classic church hymns and proceeds to play several of them. At one point, he starts singing, his voice getting stronger and louder the longer he plays.
This 92-year-old, who stopped driving only a few months ago, says that Meals on Wheels is a big help to him these days, especially now that he is unable to drive himself to the grocery store. Getting his meals delivered right to his door also keeps Emery happy, as it gives him more time to play “his baby.”
We are thrilled to announce that we have a new chef on board! Chef Dwight Simmons, a native Hoosier, is partnering with Meals on Wheels on a research grant project to assess our frozen meal program. This project is made possible by the Indy Food Fund.
“I am excited to partner with Meals on Wheels,” says Chef Dwight, a past winner of the American Culinary Federation Greater Indianapolis Chapter/Chef of the Year. “My work will involve researching food and meal options for the frozen food program. I also look forward to offering my catering services, as well as cooking classes, to MOW volunteers and tenants of The Sol Center.”
His company, Indy Star Chefs, provides catering for private and corporate events and offers demonstration as well as “hands on” instructional cooking classes. If you are interested in hiring Chef Dwight for an event, you may contact him at (317)908-0425 or www.indystarchefs.com.
Welcome, Chef Dwight!