Pam Johannsen, Meals on Wheels Board President of Fort Collins, Colorado, taught members of Quota Northern Colorado about the tremendous work Meals on Wheels does in and for our community. Pam has been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for 21 years.
Meals on Wheels was first established in Colorado in 1969. The Organizations mission “is to support the dignity, well-being and independence of primarily homebound older adults and eligible clients in our community with a hot, nutritious meal and social interaction for up to 5 days of a week.” The Ft. Collins chapter relies on community support to complete its mission of ensuring no senior is hungry or alone. One of the many facts Pam shared with us is that the Meals on Wheels program only uses grant funds and donations for the program, they do not receive any federal funding. In addition to their incredible individual donors, Meals on Wheels partners with many community resources but especially with PVH/UCHealth Hospital.
Volunteers in the Ft. Collins area delivers hot meals to approximately 300 meals every week which are delivered by twenty-six (26) drivers. The volunteers not only deliver meals but make real personal connections with the individuals who receive the meals to ensure they are safe and well. The program also provides “blizzard boxes” which have non-perishable items in case inclement weather that may prevent the delivery of meals.
For more information on this tremendous program and/or to volunteer check out their website at: https://www.mealsonwheelsfc.org/
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