Weekly Mission Spotlight: Meals on Wheels Wake County

Meals on Wheels Wake County – “More than a Meal”

A recent study of Meals on Wheels participants, conducted by Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research and funded by AARP, demonstrated that participation in the traditional Meals on Wheels program –meals delivered by a volunteer who provides a friendly visit and safety check – has a significant, positive impact on the health, well-being, and social connectedness of home-bound seniors.

Key findings from the study were that seniors receiving meals exhibited improvements in their mental health, felt more confident about living independently in their own home, ate healthier foods, and experienced reduced rates of hospitalization and falls when compared to seniors who did not receive the service.

Are you searching for a way to give back during this puzzling year? Support our older neighbors who are facing extreme isolation during the pandemic by writing notes of encouragement and purchasing a word search puzzle book. Games like these can help keep the mind active and pass the time.

Meals on Wheels of Wake County has over 1,400 clients and would love for each one to receive a note and word search book to include with their meal delivery during October. Meals on Wheels is currently delivering a box of grocery items every Tuesday.

You can drop off large print puzzle books and notes directly to the Edge Lobby and Kathy Johnson will deliver to Meals on Wheels at the end of September.

Or, you can have books shipped to Kathy’s home address:

Kathy Johnson
1016 Deboy St.
Raleigh, NC 27606

All books will be delivered to Meals on Wheels clients in early October.

Thank you for participating in this fun project to help our homebound senior neighbors!