Welcome to Meals on Wheels of Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Save the Date!
Join us for the 2nd Annual Dining for Dollars. The event will be held at Hickory Tavern in Carrboro, on June 4th, from 6:00-9:00pm. Tickets go on sale on May 1st.
Recent News: Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels celebrated Community Champions Week as part of its March for Meals campaign. Eight local officials and celebrities showed their support for our community’s homebound and hungry seniors. From Chapel Hill, Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and Police Chief Chris Blue, UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham, and UNC Lacrosse coach Jenny Levy, volunteered to deliver meals. Orange County Commissioners Bernadette Pelissier, Renee Price, and Penny Rich, and Carrboro Alderman Damon Seils also joined our regular volunteers as they, too, delivered meals.
For almost 40 years the CHCMOW program has been sheltered and supported by the congregation of Binkley Baptist Church. Binkley has donated space, provided parking access and covered most of our utilities costs. In 2014, we needed 13 routes to delivered 160 meals each day. We are close to maximum capacity now at Binkley and estimate that we will double in size in less than ten years.
We are looking for a new home. Our minimum requirement for adequate space is 2,050 square feet. This includes: 1,000 square feet for meal organization and distribution, 500 square feet for office space, and 300 square feet for storage that includes access to utility outlets for two refrigerators/freezers. Several things are clearly must haves: adequate parking, good ingress and egress, a central location, minimal stairs or an available elevator, and access to kitchen and bathroom facilities.
We want your input. Are there organizations you know of that have space available? Please link to our CHCMOW facilities survey to share your thoughts and ideas: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F96Y2Z
Meals on Wheels: Promoting Health and Independence since 1976.
Our Mission: ”To nourish the bodies and spirits of the homebound with a balanced meal and the human connection they need to help them live independently.”
For more than 40 years, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels has provided hot, nutritious meals and personal visits Monday through Friday to seniors and disabled individuals living in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels improves health, reduces isolation and helps seniors and the disabled maintain their independent lifestyles.
Meals on Wheels would cease to exist without the tireless dedication of our volunteers and generous supporters. More than 150 volunteers worked to deliver more than 38,000 meals and PORCH donations to 250 local citizens in 2014.
Senior Hunger on the Rise in Chapel Hill and Carrboro:
The Facts of Senior Hunger in America
- 8.3 million seniors faced the threat of hunger in 2010.
14.85% of seniors, or more than 1 in 7 experienced some form of food insecurity. By comparison, Ziliak et al. (2008) reported that as of 2005, 1 in 9 seniors or 11.4% faced the threat of hunger.
- The problem of senior hunger has gotten worse.
From 2001 to 2010, the number of seniors experiencing the threat of hunger has increased by 78%. Since the onset of the recession in 2007 through 2010, the number of seniors threatened by hunger increased by 34%.
- Those above the poverty line were most affected.
Out of those seniors who faced the threat of hunger, the majority had incomes one to two times above the federal poverty line.
For more information and research done by the National Meals on Wheels Association of America: