We are proud to announce we have received a $1200 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support SPETS, our client pet support program. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and care for the pets of area clients, which can often be a financial and physical challenge for clients to do so on their own.
“Having a loving companion in the home is vital to our clients’ emotional well-being, which is an important component of being able to age in place,” says Denise Schilli, Senior Nutrition Program Director. “Meals on Wheels volunteers notice when seniors give food away to their animals; choosing to share vital nutrition rather than let their pets go hungry. The assistance from Meals on Wheels of America will help support animal-loving seniors with free pet food to go with their own hot lunch, so no one goes hungry.”
In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted over $200,000 to nearly 100 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from the former Banfield Charitable Trust. To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.4 million in funding and pet food donations. In 2017, our local grants helped Meals on Wheels of Williamson & Burnet Counties assist 58 clients with their pet food needs.
“While pets are invaluable companions to homebound seniors, positively impacting their health and well-being, they can also be a challenge to care for alone,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “The Meals on Wheels Loves Pets program enables Meals on Wheels of Williamson & Burnet Counties to provide pet food and other necessary services to ease some of that burden and make it possible for local seniors and their beloved pets to stay together.”
Many many thanks to all the volunteers, special guests and attendees who made the 2nd Annual Burnet Style in Action Luncheon a success. We had nearly 100 auction items, a gourmet lunch and a packed house. We received great feedback from guests and board members alike.
Are you ready for some... baseball? ⚾Opportunities has Round Rock Express BERM BUCKS available! For just $20, you receive six Berm Bucks (worth $48) and 50% of the proceeds is returned to us as a fundraiser. 💵 Berm Bucks are good for nearly every game this season 🎫 so please call Lauren at our main office to get yours. Enjoy some baseball 🏟️ and help us support all of our programs 🤑 in the process.
Bill Schroeder, President of the Georgetown Running Club visited our office today and presented Executive Director Marco Cruz with a check for $13,500 for Meals on Wheels. Funds were raised from the club's Turkey Trot race, an annual 5-miler that takes place Thanksgiving morning.
The Running Club holds many annual events to benefit the Georgetown community. They are a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and encourage running, walking and fitness in the community and to provide competitive and non-competitive activities for its members and the general public. Established in 2008, the GRC has grown to over 150 members and has become a healthy part of our community.
The National Council on Aging Care extends our greatest appreciation to Meals on Wheels for helping end hunger in your community. Our article, The Facts Behind Senior Hunger, addresses the causes, complications and cures for senior hunger.
Seniors Being Hungry is a Nationwide Epidemic
Nearly one in every six seniors in America faces the threat of hunger and not being properly nourished. This applies to those who aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from and those who don’t have access to the healthiest possible food options. The issue is severe enough that the AARP reports that seniors face a healthcare bill of more than $130 billion every yeardue to medical issues stemming from senior hunger.
Senior hunger is an expansive issue that requires an understanding of exactly what constitutes a senior being “hungry,” the issues that stem from senior hunger, and how seniors who are hungry can be helped.
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We are pleased to announce this year's Champions Week to celebrate the national March for Meals campaign. Each year, we invite community leaders, elected officials and business owners to join us on our regular delivery routes and share the experience of bringing hot fresh food to our senior neighbors. The response we get from our clients when they see their mayor or police chief at their door is a delight. Last year some lucky residents even had their lunch delivered by uniformed fire fighters in a ladder truck.
Join us at 10am,
MARCH 19 BURNET SENIOR CENTER 512-715-9717
MARCH 22 MADELLA HILLIARD, GEORGETOWN 512-863-5010
This is a great opportunity to see what we do and share in the rewards of visiting with and helping a neighbor. We are also proud that so many people of influence are able to be a part of Meals on Wheels for a day so they can spread the word and give more visibility to this independence program. Contact our office if you would like to be a part of Champions week or be a driver/volunteer any time of the year!
Opportunities Meals on Wheels is pleased to partner with Honor Veterans Now to help feed those in need in Williamson & Burnet Counties.
Honor Veterans Now (HVN) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Fredericksburg, TX that seeks to eliminate hunger in a small but important part of our society; needy veterans who are under age 60. It's a sad fact that some of the exceptional veterans who provided honorable service for our country find themselves in situations in which they cannot afford to procure enough food daily to maintain a nutritious diet.
HVN provides grants to organizations like ours and generates revenue from donations and other fund raising activities. If you know of a veteran who is under 60 and may benefit from this program, please let them know about HVN. Please visit www.HonorVeteransNow.org or call (830) 992-3375.
Opportunities held the official ribbon cutting January 18 for the Sunrise Senior Center at 602 North Wood Street in Burnet. In collaboration with Burnet CISD, the City of Burnet and Burnet County, Opportunities is pleased to call the Sunrise building home to our Congregate Meal and Head Start programs.
We had a great turnout of community support. Thank you to all those who attended and worked on this project. Come visit!
For the second year in a row, Meals on Wheels of Williamson & Burnet Counties participated in the Subaru Share the Love Event. Every year, Subaru of America donates money from car sales but they also support and facilitate local and regional fundraisers and non-profit events. We are fortunate that our local dealership (Subaru of Georgetown) is a big fan of Meals on Wheels!
Many thanks to the good people at Subaru Georgetown for partnering with Meals on Wheels of Williamson & Burnet Counties. We appreciate you helping us help others with our Subaru Share Love Event and "Putting Cans in the Can" for local seniors this holiday season. Daniel Wolfenstein, Jared Toth, Jonathan Hale, and Spencer Vilchis shared their time and support for the program today. More to come!
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