William was born 1929 in Middletown, Ohio. As a child, William never really stayed in one place for a long period of time. His father was a pastor who preached all across the United States and brought his family with him. As a boy, William greatly enjoyed fishing, roller-skating, and baseball. Throughout his childhood, William lived in both New York and Washington D.C.
Can you imagine sitting at home hungry with no food in your house no means to get any food? At Meals on Wheels, we see this every day. This is why we have specially-trained volunteers, known as VIP’s, who make wellness checks and deliver supplemental food from our senior-friendly food pantry to our low-income clients.
A pilot program between Eskenazi Health and Meals on Wheels will study correlation between readmissions of at-risk seniors and access to healthful meals post-discharge.
Food plays a powerful role in a patient’s ability to heal both in the hospital and out. But many seniors—especially those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or congestive heart failure—are discharged once their health stabilizes without consistent and reliable access to healthful meals at home.
“Too often, at-risk seniors rely on fast food or other unhealthy options once they leave the hospital,” says Tom Thaman, director of food and nutrition at Eskenazi Health, in Indianapolis. “Many of these individuals come from low-income households with limited access to transportation to get to and from a grocery store.”
We are ready to jump! On February 21st our inaugural class Jumpers kicked off their Generational Jump experience with a morning of learning and celebration at The Sol Center. Fifteen Jumpers braved the snow to participate in the festivities. Throughout the event, the kids learned about Meals on Wheels and got insight on what it is like to be homebound.
September 23rd is National Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Did you know that every 14 seconds a senior is treated in the ER for a fall and every 29 minutes a senior dies from a fall?
Please check on the seniors in your life and share with them the six simple steps to prevent a fall:
Since 1994, our annual Bingo Bash has been the main event to help Meals on Wheels raise funds for the neediest of our 2,600 annual homebound clients in the greater Indianapolis area. The need increases each year so we are asking for your support. Please consider how you can help our homebound men and women through sponsorship. Come join us for an evening of fundraising, celebrating and bingo!
For tickets and sponsorship information, contact Barb Renshaw at 317.252.5558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the years, Meals on Wheels has been involved in many special deliveries, and I would like to share a few of our milestone deliveries with you all. Please keep in mind no matter how much lead time we have, the events we promote must be organized & coordinated as thoroughly as possible behind the scenes; and even with the best laid plans, surprises do happen and then we can only stand there and smile.
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.
I have been fortunate to serve Meals on Wheels as Executive Director for the past 20 years. In my new blog, I hope to share some of the lighter moments of this journey. And since I believe what we do is such a simple premise, “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” I will title my blog, “Barb’s Neighborhood Blog.”
“Volunteering is a Healthy Habit”
Our volunteers are amazing people – they truly are why we can do what we do. And while we think of all that they give to our clients – friendship, wellness checks and nutritional food – volunteering is also beneficial to the volunteer’s own health. It is clearly a winning combination.
To help us accomplish our goal of making the Sol Center an active, vibrant volunteer center, we need Meals on Wheels volunteers to assist us with our increased daily activities in the MOW office. This includes answering phones, making copies, filing, updating paperwork, helping with letters and mailings, etc. If you are able to help us with administrative work and can commit to at least two to three hours, one day each week, we need you!