Meals on Wheels & More Reaches Out for Donations Through Local Media

Community Support the Backbone of Meals On Wheels & More
David Juarez loads a care package for weekly meal delivery

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people and businesses across the state and across the world, the Partnership’s Meals on Wheels & More program has again teamed up with the Decatur Daily for its February fundraising campaign.

Each year, the Decatur Daily accepts donations for the Meals on Wheels & More program in an effort to garner community support and help provide the supplemental funding needed to keep the program in operation. Unlike other Meals on Wheels & More programs, the Partnership’s program is not funded annually by the national Meals on Wheels America organization. Meals on Wheels & More relies on donations from the public to stay operational. While local governments do provide some funding for the program, the majority of funding comes from private donations and United Way of Morgan County, which is also driven by donations.

Due to the pandemic that began in the spring of last year, Meals on Wheels & More has had to adjust its operations to be able to continue to serve nearly 300 homebound elderly and disabled meal recipients in Morgan County. Instead of a hot, nutritious meal delivered to the door of each recipient every weekday, the program has had to adjust its schedule to deliveries only on Wednesdays. Those deliveries include a hot meal plus a weekly care package with items that recipients can easily prepare for themselves for the rest of the week.

With a continuing decline in revenue, and a budget now at almost 10% below that of 2018, increased donations are critical to keep the number local residents being served at its current level. Because of COVID-19, the number of meal recipients served fell more than 15% from 300 t0 254. Additionally, volunteers have dropped from more than 50 volunteers per month to less than 20 since most of the volunteers are in the high-risk categories for contracting coronavirus. Without monetary donations, the number of recipients may fall even further, leaving vulnerable populations on the waiting list for the meal delivery service.

Meals on Wheels & More is asking for the community’s support by donating to the program through the Decatur Daily by making a contribution at the Decatur Daily office, or they can be mailed to Meals on Wheels, c/o The Decatur Daily, P.O. Box 2213, Decatur AL 35609-2213.

The Decatur Daily will accept financial contributions for Meals on Wheels in February and publish the names of donors who wish to be recognized.

Checks should be made out to Meals on Wheels. Donors are asked to specify who should be placed on the list of contributors The Daily publishes or indicate that it should be labeled as an anonymous gift. The check signer will be listed if there are no instructions.

Anyone interested in volunteering for Meals on Wheels & More can contact Kitchen Manager Shontez Wynn by phone at 256-351-6850 or 256-565-3386, or by email at shontez.wynn@capna.org.