Our StoriesMore Than a Meal™
Subaru’s Share the Love event began 13 years ago with the goal of supporting the impactful work of charities during the holiday season. Too many seniors are struggling to stay independent and healthy. One in four seniors lives alone in isolation and one in seven seniors might not know from where their next meal is coming. This is simply unacceptable, which is why Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland provides the nutritious meals, wellness calls, and safety checks to aging and homebound individuals throughout Maryland. This vital support keeps seniors in their own homes, where they want to be.
Our communities are stronger when Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and the Maryland Department of Human Services partner to provide benefit programs to homebound clients throughout the state.
The Grocery Assistance Program (GAP) at Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (MOWCM), started 20 years ago to provide additional shopping assistance to homebound individuals who cannot shop for themselves. Participants are matched with a dedicated volunteer and together they agree on a shopping schedule.
Columbia, Maryland resident, Julia M. is a retired nurse and indoor gardener who will soon be celebrating her 80th birthday. She lives independently in her own apartment with her 16-year old chihuahua, Rocky, who keeps her entertained and on her toes. Julia struggles with health challenges such as arthritis and asthma and has been receiving home-delivered meals from Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (MOWCM) for over 5 years now, giving her autonomy while also helping her eat a balanced diet.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Julia worried her deliveries would stop and she would not have food to eat.
The inaugural Teen Ambassador Program (TAP) launched this summer as Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (MOWCM) began to experience a need for additional packing volunteers to keep up with the increased COVID-19 demand. Many local teenagers had additional time on their hands and were looking for something fun, safe, and impactful to do as camps, vacations, and school programs were canceled. TAP proved to be the perfect way to meaningfully engage teens.
The moment you knock on that door, look someone in the eyes and deliver a warm meal, you make a connection. It might be a quick hello or it could be a whole conversation, but the impact lasts a lifetime. Not just for the senior receiving the meal, but for you the volunteer.
Today in the U.S., ten million seniors face the threat of hunger, and millions more live alone in isolation. Meals on Wheels already serves over two million homebound seniors annually, and with the senior population expected to double by 2050, there is an escalating need for a new wave of volunteers to step up to help seniors in their communities.
“America, Let’s Do Lunch”
Richard & Homer Gere
For Richard Gere, Meals on Wheels has always been about family. Sign up to drop off a warm meal and create lifelong memories today.
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