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Grants Help Provide Warm Meals to Local Homebound Elderly Citizens

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Awards $63,400 to 53 Central Oklahoma Mobile Meal Providers

A Mobile Meals voluteer at a home
Edmond Mobile Meals volunteer Jack Taylor (left) delivers a warm meal.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is helping provide warm meals to homebound elderly citizens this winter by awarding $53,400 in grants to 51 central Oklahoma churches and organizations that participate in Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County. In addition, $5,000 each was awarded to Edmond Mobile Meals and Meals on Wheels of Norman.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has supported central Oklahoma’s Mobile Meals programs since 2008, awarding more than $350,000 over the past decade. According to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the need for continued nutrition assistance is vital as Oklahoma’s senior citizen population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. The organization’s most recent State Plan on Aging reported 19 percent of our state’s population is now over age 60.

“Today, one in five Americans is over the age of 60 with the population expected to nearly double by 2060,” said Cristi Twenter, executive director of Edmond Mobile Meals. “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. 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,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation. “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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