The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is helping provide warm meals to homebound older residents by awarding $53,400 in grants to 51 area churches and organizations that participate in Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County.
In addition, $5,000 each was awarded to Meals on Wheels of Norman and Edmond Mobile Meals.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has supported Oklahoma City metro area Mobile Meals programs since 2008, awarding more than $350,000 throughout the past decade.
“Today, one in five Americans is over the age of 60 with the population expected to nearly double by 2060. Roughly 17 percent of Oklahoma’s senior population struggles with hunger. Nine percent of those seniors in our state are living in poverty, and 26 percent of Oklahoma seniors live alone,” Cristi Twenter, executive director of Edmond Mobile Meals, said in a news release.
“Grant programs to assist Mobile Meals programs are crucial in helping to keep pace with the growing demand for services. We believe no senior in our community should have to make a choice between paying for food, medication and other necessities, which is why we never base service on a client’s ability to pay for meals.”
Volunteers with area churches and organizations provide nutritious meals, wellness checks and meaningful contact to more than 1,300 homebound senior citizens living in central Oklahoma who are unable to prepare their own meals. Edmond Mobile Meals prepares more than 1,000 meals per week, and the Norman Meals on Wheels program serves more than 300 clients a day.
“For nearly 50 years, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has listened to both the needs of our community and to the wishes of our donors, leading us to focus on the health and wellness of senior citizens in the community,” Nancy B. Anthony, the foundation’s president, said in a news release. “Our local Mobile Meals programs are crucial to seniors in this community, and we’re privileged to have the opportunity to support their work.”
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