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 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!
Williamson and Burnet Counties (located in Central Texas) are not exactly known as the ideal winter vacation spot if you are looking for skiing or snowboarding. We typically get 2-3 freezes per year that last 3-4 days but overall we have mild winters.
We share this little weather report because a local Meals on Wheels recipient mentioned to us how she has a window air conditioner and fans to help keep her cool in the severe summer heat we experience here in Central Texas, but she when it gets cold she has nothing but blankets, no heat. We realized, while providing Meals on Wheels, that soup would be a great “extra” that is easily prepared and would help warm seniors form the inside out when we experience more chilly weather.
The Soup for Seniors drive set a lofty goal of gathering 5,000 cans of soup during one week in December with the idea of “Sharing the Love” as part of the Subaru Share The Love annual event. Although we did not reach our 5,000 cans, we did collect over 2,000 cans of soup that have already been distributed and continue to be sent to homes of needy seniors who are grateful and healthier when those colder Texas days occur.
It’s the season of giving. And cooking. And giving away the cooking.
During Thanksgiving week, the Leander VFW Post 10427 fed more than 700 people with donated turkeys, potatoes, pies and more as part of Operation Turkey. With help from volunteer preppers and drivers, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels clients, Head Start families and Veterans received special holiday meals.
VFW Operation Turkey Director Christine McCarty is a VFW member and Meals on Wheels volunteer. She organized the event, which included signing up families for weeks ahead of time, arranging hundreds of pounds of donated food; and coordinating the cooking, prep work and packaging to make it all happen in a single day.
Cedar Park businessman and VFW member Joey Smith provided the smoking skills to cook 200 turkeys in a single morning.
Smith is a competitive cooker who spends a lot of his free time giving back by cooking—his food truck can cook 27 turkeys at a time in about 2-1/2 hours. He is looking forward to getting his new truck, which will handle 60.
He frequently supports non-profits and charity events and travels to disaster areas to help feed emergency workers. “We love to cook and we love to give back to the community. This is what I do instead of playing golf. My wife and I run the truck and my friends take off work every year to be here and help us get the turkeys ready. With all the sponsors we have been able to work with, I am able to feed a person for $1 so a $20 donation will feed 20 people.” (JoesCookShack.com)
McCarty says the VFW has been providing the meals for three years, and they have doubled their meals each year. “Just over 100 Meals on Wheels clients will receive a fully-cooked hot Thanksgiving lunch, which our volunteers will deliver over nine different routes. Then tonight, we have Head Start families and other local families in need who come to us through Hill Country Ministries and pick up a whole, cooked turkey and all the fixings to take home and prepare their own meal.”
The VFW has been collecting donations of cash and food since September to prepare for the big day. Cash donations purchased the turkeys and Joe’s Cookshack did the cooking in a matter of hours. On top of that, HEB helped the helpers by donating a full lunch for all the volunteers working to feed others.
VFW Commander Dave Walden said, “This would not have happened without Christine. Christine epitomizes what our organization stands for and she is are a shining example of our great organization.”
Annually, 2.1 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliary contribute more than 11 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.
Middle school student Tristen Pride is and part of a group called "10 at a Time". This group of ten students gathers monthly to collect $10 each and then donate $100 to a charity. They take turns choosing the charity and Tristen chose Opportunities Meals on Wheels. He and his mother (his sister was present as well) presented Senior Nutrition Director Denise Schilli with a $100 bill. What great generosity!
Ten at a Time was honored by Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross last year for their creativity and willingness to contribute to their community.
What a great week! Meals on Wheels of Williamson & Burnet Counties welcomed dozens of community leaders, elected officials, first responders and first-time volunteers as part of our 2016 March for Meals Champions celebration. Site directors sent out hundreds of invitations to encourage new faces to drive with volunteers for lunch deliveries all over our two counties. Some residents in Taylor even had theirs delivered by fire truck!
Each of our special guests signed a "Why" statement to share their personal stories and testimonials in honor of loved ones and autographed a canvas that will be on permanent display in their respective centers. Participants in the congregant meals took advantage of the opportunities to take photo and visit with police officers, council members, mayors and even our most special VIP, Spike from the Round Rock Express.
March for Meals is a national program and we were able to share in the campaign with many local events as well as our Champions days. Many thanks to Denise Schilli and Lauren Andrews for all their planning and preparation, as well as our site directors who planned special routes and facilitated special visits for our beloved senior clients. Already looking forward to March 2017.