We are extremely grateful to have received a $5,000 grant from the John and Gloria Golden Fund for Hyde Park of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, a $1,000 grant from the Field Hall Foundation and an anonymous gift of $500 from a supporter all in response to the need to replace our freezer. This left us with less than $1,400 to pay for the purchase, delivery and installation of the new freezer. Mike “The Ice Mahn” also disposed of the old appliance as well as the installation.
This was a critical appliance for us to continue to deliver meals to our clients in the Hyde Park and Village of Rhinebeck communities during these challenging times. We serve a very vulnerable population and rely on support from the community for donations in order to keep our meal costs affordable. Because of the support received from our benefactors, the price for five hot, home-delivered meals has not increased since February 2011. Thank you very much!
Exercising an abundance of caution, we have established a new meal delivery protocol effective immediately. We are still delivering meals to our clients but will eliminate or minimize face to face contact using the recommended six feet of social distancing.
Clients will have to leave an appropriate cooler outside their delivery door where meals can be placed with no face to face contact. We will provide a cooler, if needed.
If outside is not possible, then a cooler should be left inside the delivery door where the meal will be placed. The client will be instructed to step away from the door at least six feet before our delivery volunteers can step inside the door.
Whether the meal will be left outside or inside, a chair or table should be utilized on which the meal can be placed to minimize the risk of falling.
While we have always believed that the face to face contact is very important, it is simply not safe until this health crisis is over. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
We are proud to participate in Subaru of America, Inc.’s annual Subaru Share the Love® Event to help raise critical funds needed to support our local seniors. When you purchase or lease a new Subaru this holiday season, we hope you’ll choose Meals on Wheels as the recipient of a $250 donation.
Exciting news! We are once again participating in the Subaru Share the Love Event. Over the past eleven years, Subaru and its retailers have helped Meals on Wheels to deliver nearly 2.2 million meals nationwide to seniors in need.
This November 14, 2018, through January 2, 2019, for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities. Meals on Wheels is one of four national participating charities and has been since the inception of the event. Through this event, as a member of Meals on Wheels America, will receive a share of the donation from Subaru vehicles sold in New York.
Join us on Saturday, November 2 at Rhinebeck High School, as we participate in this upcoming event which has lots of great information, along with health care screenings and even an opportunity to shred those old papers!
We were fortunate to have Congressman Antonio Delgado from the 19th US Congressional District join us in delivering Meals on Wheels in Hyde Park and The Village of Rhinebeck on Monday, August 19. He got to see what we have been doing for almost 44 years and to meet some of our (and his) senior neighbors. THANK YOU, Congressman for spending some time with us. You are always welcome to join us when your schedule allows. Thanks also to Patti Irwin for providing the transportation in your new Subaru Ascent from Ruge’s Subaru!
Thank you to Katlynn Vanzandt owner and pastry chef of Katie Rose Bakery for her recent donation of delicious cupcakes. Our clients certainly appreciated her generosity (and the sweet treats!). More information about Katie Rose Bakery can be found on Facebook at this link.
Will Baylies of WKZE radio recently discussed the value of Meals on Wheels and the March for Meals campaign with our President, Mr. Jack Fenton. To listen, click the entry below, which has also been posted on the sidebar. We thank Will for his ongoing support of our organization!
The month of March mobilizes hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country to reach out to their communities and build the support that will enable them to serve America’s seniors all year long. The 17th annual March for Meals campaign gives local businesses, organizations, governments and volunteers who contribute so generously in their communities an opportunity to support homebound seniors in a variety of ways to make America stronger and healthier. This support helps us deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to our local seniors all year long. By volunteering, donating or speaking out, you can ensure the seniors in your neighborhood can live more healthy, happy and independent lives at home, where they want to be. For more information, see: http://www.marchformeals.com/
Stay tuned for more details on the exciting activities we have planned!