Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island is proud to share that in 2017, we delivered 340,701 daily nutritious meals to Rhode Island seniors and other homebound residents.
More than 700 volunteers—the backbone of our organization—delivered these meals to 2,535 clients through 80 routes across the entire state. But, they did so much more than this.
As essential as the complete and healthy meals they delivered, our volunteers also provided daily safety checks and friendly visits to each client—ensuring that our most vulnerable seniors and homebound Rhode Islanders are being looked after. Just under 64 percent of our clients live alone, making the daily safety check even more critical to their health and wellbeing.
Thanks to a continued partnership with Centreville Bank for our Emergency Meal Program, we once again provided each Meals on Wheels of RI client with a box of five shelf-stable meals last fall, guaranteeing they will have food should inclement weather prevent daily delivery.
This program is a lifeline for seniors who are in danger of missing a meal or experiencing health and safety issues due to isolation, frailty and/or poverty. We were reminded of this in early January, when a snowstorm prevented our drivers from delivering meal and we were comforted to know our clients still had nutritious food to eat.
In addition to daily delivered meals, we also provided opportunities for more mobile seniors to enjoy socialized dining at seven Capital City Café sites throughout the Providence area. And, we continued our Senior Restaurant Program, which offers seniors dining vouchers for eating out in a variety of restaurants; our Senior Wish Program, which provides necessities to seniors in need; and our Pet Food Program.
Of course, we could not continue our vital work in meeting the nutritional and other special needs of the elderly in order to help them maintain their independent lifestyles without our generous donors.
Once again, our friends and neighbors—as well as local businesses and organizations—strongly supported our fall and year-end appeals. Collectively, they donated $50,332 to support our mission.
We are truly thankful to every one of our volunteers, donors, board members and staff for all they do each and every day to keep our seniors nourished and safe.