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Meals on Wheels America
We fight senior hunger and isolation, by supporting 5,000+ community #MealsOnWheels programs nationwide. πŸ‘΄πŸΏπŸ‘΅

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Falls are a leading cause of injury for older adults, impeding their ability to live safe and independent lives. Our partnership with @homedepotfoundation provides senior veterans with the home modifications they need to continue living safely in their homes. #FallsPreventionAwarenessWeek
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While COVID-19 has been an extraordinary time for us all, our seniors have suffered the most. Thanks to the incredible generosity from Meals on Wheels supporters, we’ve seen a massive uptick in acts of kindness, large and small. Please, #dontstopnow!
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Mr. Alaman Haile has gained the wisdom that comes from experiencing firsthand the civil rights movement in America. Though he can no longer physically join the movement, he is proud of the young activists who continue the battle for racial equality.

He grew up in St. Louis, MO and was raised by a mother who was the first in her family of 14 to get a college degree. She instilled in him the importance of education and community service from a young age.

As an adult, Alaman got his own place, attended college, got married, had children and started a graphic design business of his own – all after the Supreme Court declared racial segregation unconstitutional. And yet, he continued to witness injustices around him. He and his wife joined others in community activism to protest businesses that violated fair hiring practices.

A stroke in 1991 made it too difficult for him to continue with his graphic design business. It also required him to use a wheelchair and made it more challenging and dangerous to use the electrical stove in his home. Now, at 76 years old, he receives support from his local Meals on Wheels America Member program, Iona Senior Services, who is there to bring him food to help supplement his diet and make sure he gets the nutrition he needs.

Alaman remains a dedicated supporter of the today’s civil rights efforts and the battle for racial equality.

“You need to read and comprehend what you are reading in order to form your own opinions and be independent,” Mr. Haile says. “That is the only way we can truly be free.”
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Eulalia is 97 years old and lives in Dallas, Texas. She loves to cook tortillas, enchiladas and especially tamales. But for the past seven months she’s been in a wheelchair, making her unable to walk or cook on her own.


Eulalia relies on @vnatexas to provide nutritious meals and facilitate the activities that enable her to continue to live independently in her own home. And, she loves the volunteers! All the cards that Meals on Wheels volunteers have given her hang on the side of her refrigerator as a constant reminder that she is not alone.


“They come and they talk to me…they really like me!” she says with a laugh.


Eulalia spent her life taking care of everyone else around her. When she was younger, she stopped going to school so she could help her parents take care of her siblings. Then she raised ten of her own children. Now, it’s her turn to be taken care of by Meals on Wheels.
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We know how important pets are in our lives and especially in the lives of homebound seniors. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that today, in partnership with @petsmartcharities, we are distributing $354,500 in grants to 98 pet programs across the country! This funding will give local Meals on Wheels programs the support they need to help seniors and their pets live healthier lives together. Read the full press release at the link in our bio.
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To all of you who have stood up for us to make sure we’re not left behind, thank you! Sincerely, America’s seniors

πŸ‘‰ to see words of appreciation directly from Meals on Wheels clients in honor of our Day of Gratitude today.
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When COVID-19 hit, a staggering 89% of Meals on Wheels programs reported increased demand for meals, practically overnight. And it was the kindness and generosity of people like you that made sure seniors still had this critical lifeline. This is our chance to say, THANK YOU!
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Richard lost his leg as a result of a car accident in 1955. Life became much more challenging as he’s now unable to stand and cook for himself. Still, he values his independence and has lived alone since 1998.

A fall for Richard would not only be very dangerous, but could be deadly. The last time he fell he was unable to get up for three days. With each passing day, he felt more helpless and scared.

That was before Richard found Meals on Wheels. Now, he has the comfort of knowing that Meals on Wheels will show up every day.

“Meals on Wheels makes me feel safe. I look forward to it, if not I don’t have anyone coming around,” he says.

Daily home-delivered meals help keep 8 out of 10 clients who have previously fallen from falling again. That’s because Meals on Wheels is more than nutritious meals, it’s also a volunteer to check in on the health and wellbeing of seniors in need.
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Shirley is 77 years old and lives in Dallas, TX. With twenty-two (!) grandkids, she loves having her family around her. Three of her four children live nearby and stop by to check on her when they can, but she relies on @vnatexas to bring her food when they cannot.


Other health issues were compounded when heart problems led to the implant of a pacemaker. Some days it’s even hard for her to get up. Her kids do what they can to pitch in and take her to doctors’ appointments. And yet, Shirley still needs help.


Luckily, her local Meals on Wheels program in Dallas is there to bring her the nutritious meals she needs to stay healthy.


“I’ve been staying in and trying to be safe during COVID-19. And Meals on Wheels has been bringing me food. I depend on my Meals on Wheels!”
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Clara was a nurse for 25 years before she changed her career and began to work for a small, new organization in her community called Meals on Wheels. “It builds relationships, and people don’t really realize that those things are important.”

Now as a senior herself, Clara receives the Meals on Wheels services she provided to so many others during her time working there. She loves her volunteers who she knows on a first name basis - and she notices when one of the regulars doesn’t show up.

“I can leave my door open and know that at a certain time they’re going to come, and if they’re not here, I pick up my telephone, and I call and make them give me a reason why.”
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Veterans like Regina and their families are living safely in their own homes again thanks to #MealsonWheels and @homedepotfoundation. Regina’s husband Frederick lives with a debilitating back condition and found it difficult to get around, until @mealsonwheelscentraltexas made their home wheelchair accessible. Now, Frederick can get in and out of their home easily. Regina couldn’t be happier with the work and the comfort of knowing she and her family can safely live in the home she loves.
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Thank you to all the volunteers who are keeping Meals on Wheels programs alive through this crisis! Three-quarters of Meals on Wheels volunteers are over 55 years old – and they’re staying home due to safety precautions. The gap is being filled by local school teachers, employees of businesses and even college students – all making sure seniors continue to get this vital life line. Click the link in our bio to read a @washingtonpost story about college students in @mealsonwheelsmercercounty who are stepping up to help.
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We loved having @robertellismusic stop by for a live conversation about Meals on Wheels!
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New college graduate Asaiah Edwards is a popular fixture in his Mercer County, New Jersey Meals on Wheels program where he volunteered through his entire college career. Read his story and see some of the seniors he met along the way (link in bio)!
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Filmed 6/17/20. A virtual panel moderated by our Chief Membership and Advocacy Officer, Erika Kelly, featuring some of our Members who serve those in need in their communities. We discuss how these local Meals on Wheels programs across the country have confronted the COVID-19 crisis and how we can help support their continued success in keeping our seniors safe.
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Rickey is a retired veteran. His three years spent in the army reserves included suffering an injury from a grenade while in basic training. After leaving the military, Rickey broke his neck and lower back in a logging accident that put him in a wheelchair for six years. Surgeries allowed him to function and work at several jobs for about ten years, but he eventually needed to retire.

After so many ups and downs, Rickey appreciates the dependability of Meals on Wheels. “We live in a world of uncertainty, and any time you can add something certain, it helps. The volunteers are here on time, and when you depend on something it alleviates the uncertainty of your life.”
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Wishing a happy day to all the amazing dads like Harold from @cabarrus_mow in North Carolina!
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We’re thankful for the millions of #MealsOnWheels volunteers like Nina, who serve homebound seniors in their communities every day.
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Tune in tomorrow at 3PM EDT and hear first-hand stories from #MealsOnWheels members on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Link in bio.
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The deep-rooted, long-standing issue of systemic racism has been reignited, and it requires us to respond with unshakeable commitment to protecting those who need and deserve our support. Many are suffering from violent reminders that their lives are not protected from the consequences of hatred and brutality and are experiencing trauma and fear. That is not the America we stand for - and today, we pause in solidarity.
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