By NICHOLAS SAKELARIS | COSERV
Meals on Wheels Collin County wants to make sure no senior gets left behind.
The McKinney-based organization that helps seniors stay independent in their homes has set an ambitious goal of delivering up to 300,000 meals in 2020. Each senior gets at least five meals a week, and an increasing number are getting breakfast delivered, too. The meals and the volunteers who deliver them combat hunger, social isolation and malnutrition for Collin County seniors as well as disabled and homebound individuals. They visit more than 1,300 people per week, providing wellness checks and social interaction. Another 500 clients are served at area senior centers.
“When we say more than a meal by leaving no senior behind, we really mean it. It’s more than just dropping off a meal," said Marzella Tyson, CEO of Meals on Wheels Collin County. "When you’re meeting someone, you’re combating isolation at the same time. Sometimes yours will be the only face that they see all day. Some may not have a visit from anyone for the year."
The CoServ Charitable Foundation presented a $20,000 check to Meals on Wheels Collin County recently to support the group’s mission to deliver nutritious meals. The funds will be used to buy raw food supplies that will be prepared into meals.
“That is going to fund about 4,000 meals at $5 a meal,” said Michelle Borckardt, the nonprofit's grants manager. “That covers the raw food costs but also every expense ticket from our production line out the door and delivered to the seniors.”
The daily visits and meals also allow seniors to stay in their home and "age in place with dignity and not hungry," Michelle said.
The organization also will get to expand outside the suburbs.
"This is going to help us go into those rural areas even more and identify those seniors who have yet to get our services," Marzella said. "This is not a handout. This is something that is given back to you because you deserve to have a good quality of life just like anyone else."
Meals on Wheels Collin County has about 1,000 volunteers delivering meals every month using their own time, labor and gasoline, which saves the organization about $200,000 a year. The nonprofit is always looking for more volunteers to make deliveries. They also need cash donations. Visit Meals on Wheels Collin County for more information.
The CoServ Charitable Foundation (CCF) focuses on meeting basic human needs, promoting community vitality and supporting education. Since CCF was established in 2004, more than $12 million has been distributed to worthy causes across North Texas. Funding for most of the grants comes from CoServ customers through Operation Roundup® – a program where customers “round up” their monthly utility bill to the nearest dollar. For more information about CCF, please visit CoServ.com/CCF.