Meet Millie Pepe
Millie, a participant of the Meals on Wheels' Adult Day Care of Rockland program, graces our fall appeal letter that you may have recently received in the mail. Millie enjoys attending the Meals on Wheels Adult Day program because it keeps her busy with stimulating programs and activities. Please click below to read Millie's story and how Meals on Wheels has helped her whole family. Your financial support helps us continue to serve Millie and many others!September Appeal
Thank You Senior Boot Camp & Expo Platinum Sponsors
Meals on Wheels is pleased to announce that the following companies will be the Platinum Sponsors for the upcoming 3rd Annual Senior Boot Camp & Expo:
- A&T Healthcare, LLC
- ALL PRO Home & Health Care Services
- Bardonia Physical Therapy
- Prime Health Choice, LLC
The event which focuses on encouraging movement and exercise for seniors, will be held September 9th for Meals on Wheels' Senior Center members, and includes activity stations, exhibitor booths, entertainment, lunch, prizes and FUN!
A Different Type of Homebound Service Now Available
Rockland County residents that are unable to travel to a library due to illness, age or disability may now receive library materials through the U.S. mail for FREE! Contact your local library for details about this program. Certain restrictions may apply. Please click the image below to view the website of the Ramapo Catskill Library System which serves Rockland County among several others
Boat Trip on the Pride of the Hudson
All of the Meals on Wheels five senior centers enjoyed a boat trip on the Pride of the Hudson during the month of June. Our seniors enjoyed sunny skies and beautiful breezes as they took a two-hour tour on the Hudson River. Leaving Newburgh, NY, the boat sailed by West Point, Bannerman Castle and other points of interest while seniors enjoyed the beautiful day and a delicious boxed lunch. A good time was had by all! Please click below to see more photos from the boat trip.
Kurz Family Foundation Recognized
On June 3rd, Meals on Wheels hosted a reception to thank Leonard Kurz for the ongoing generosity of the Kurz Family Foundation. To show appreciation the agency dedicated a plaque on its Henry Solomon Recognition Wall to the late Herb Kurz and the Kurz Family Foundation. Mr. Leonard Kurz spoke to those in attendance about what he learned from his father, Herb, who was a role model for community support and some of the Foundation's hopes for the future.
Serving Families Affected by Breast Cancer
Did you know that your Meals on Wheels serves families affected by Breast Cancer?
Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland is participating in the Magnolia Meals at Home™ program. Many of our neighbors living with breast cancer receive up to six monthly home deliveries of up to seven meals designed to help meet their nutritional needs. In addition, family members may also receive up to 10 meals as well. To find out if you or a loved one is eligible visit the Magnolia Meals website by clicking below or contact Ilsa Svoboda at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (845) 624-6325.
Research Backed Evidence Confirms "More than a Meal" Benefit
Meals on Wheels of American released the results of The More Than a Meal Research Study, on March 2, 2015. The study, conducted by Brown University and funded by AARP Foundation, not surprisingly, reveals significant impact of meal service delivery on the health and well-being of adults 60 years of age and older.
Key findings include:
- Those receiving and/or requesting Meals on Wheels services are significantly more vulnerable compared to a nationally representative sample of aging Americans.
- Those who received daily-delivered meals experienced the greatest improvements in health and quality of life indicators over the study period compared to the control groups.
- Those who lived alone and received daily-delivered meals were more likely to report in worry about being able to remain in home and improvements in feelings of isolation and loneliness over the study period, compared to the control groups.
To read an executive summary of the study or the full report, please visit:More Than A Meal
Pearl River Boy Scout Selects Meals on Wheels as Eagle Project Beneficiary
Meals on Wheels is very fortunate that Jack Fanshawe of Scout Troop 36, Pearl River NY selected the agency as his Eagle Scout project beneficiary. Jack designed and then with his fellow troop members built rolling carts for the agency's emergency shelf stable food program, also known as the "Blizzard Box" program. Many volunteers donate and assemble "Blizzard Boxes" of specific non-perishable food items for the agency to help ensure that the agency's Homebound Meal Program recipients have a sufficient supply of non-perishable food items in case of a weather related or other emergency. We thank Jack and Boy Scout Troop 36 for all of their hard work!
Volunteer Driven Agency Comfort Cards Program
Every Wednesday morning Alice Mills volunteers at Meals on Wheels by sending "caring cards" to our agency's participants and families. Cards with "Get Well," "Thinking of You" or cards with a condolence message are mailed to participants or their families. We graciously thank Alice for making a difference in the lives of those we serve!
United Way Day of Caring
Thank you to the United Way of Rockland and First Niagara Bank that provided a team of volunteers to help Meals on Wheels prepare for the Sharing A Piece of the Pie fundraiser. Recently a 12 person team from First Niagara Bank prepared envelopes for a mailing and labeled over 1,600 boxes for the upcoming fundraiser. Each pie or cheesecake purchased helps provide a Thanksgiving meal for a homebound neighbor. We are grateful to both the United Way of Rockland and First Niagara Bank for their support!
3rd Annual Senior Boot Camp & Expo A Great Success!
Over 130 people enjoyed Meals on Wheels' 3rd Annual Senior Boot Camp & Expo, where participants engaged in movement and exercise activities, visited exhibitor booths, enjoyed entertainment, prizes, lunch and had a great time overall! Special Thanks to our Platinum sponsors: A&T Healthcare, LLC, ALL PRO Home & Health Care Services, Bardonia Physical Therapy, and Prime Health Choice, LLC.
Marva Johnson, participant from the Meals on Wheels' Ramapo Senior Center enjoys the day!
Social Security Caregiver Credit Act Proposed
Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey, the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee was joined by Town of Clarkstown Councilwoman Shirley Lasker, Meals on Wheels CEO Don Hammond and local caregivers, professionals and seniors to announce the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act. The bill would provide an earnings credit within Social Security to caregivers, thereby increasing retirement income for those who care for family members and loved ones.
Please click on the button below to read the full press release on the proposed legislation:Press Release
Senator Carlucci secures $50,000 in Funding for Agency Needs
The funding will be used to replace two condensing units for two walk-in refrigerators that are used to store fresh food items needed to produce over 190,000 meals annually to serve seniors and the homebound and for food for approximately 7,300 meals for the Homebound Meal Delivery Program.
Senator Carlucci presents a $50,000 check to Meals on Wheels President & CEO Don Hammond. Also pictured are some agency staff members and seniors served by the agency.
Kolb Subaru Staff and Customers Stuff the Trunk!
Meals on Wheels is very grateful to Bill Kolb Jr. Subaru in Orangeburg, NY for holding a "Stuff the Trunk" event this past June to collect non-perishable food donations for the agency's emergency shelf-stable food program.
2014 Agency Accomplishments Highlighted in Annual Report
The agency is proud to announce the publication of the 2014 Annual Report. The report reveals that 192,077 meals were produced and that the agency benefited from 28,343 volunteer hours last year! To read more about our 2014 accomplishments, please download the Annual Report by clicking on the button below:2014 Annual Report