Welcome to Meals on Wheels of Chapel Hill-Carrboro
We are Bursting at the Seams!
For almost 40 wonderful years the CHCMOW program has been sheltered and supported by the congregation of Binkley Baptist Church on Willow Road. Binkley has donated space, provided parking access and covered all our utilities costs, with the exception of our phone line. This location has been ideal with its central location and proximity to our food vendors. For as long as we can, we will remain in the good graces of the Binkley Baptist Church on Willow Road. Nothing short of a tsunami would be likely to displace us from our home.
That being said, the Silver Tsunami may be here soon as the increases in demand for our meals and home visits continue to rise. In 2010, we had 8 routes and delivered 70 meals on a daily basis. In 2014, we have grown to 13 routes and deliver 160 meals. Forecasts estimate that we will double in size again in less than ten years.
CHCMOW needs to plan to handle this opportunity and our first concern is SPACE.
We are close to maximum capacity now at Binkley. We have to set up and break down our tables each morning as we share the space with a multitude of other groups. Our storage space is overflowing with our coolers, trays, filing cabinets and Porch donations. We have a small office that doesn’t allow our bookkeeper to have a desk.
We want your thoughts and input about what would be the ideal new home for CHCMOW.
Are there facilities available that we do not know about? Are there organizations you know of that have space available? Several things are clearly must haves: adequate parking, good ingress and egress, central location, minimal stairs or an available elevator, access to kitchen and bathroom facilities…
No detail is too big or too small – share your thoughts with us and help CHCMOW keep the wheels rolling! Also, feel free to forward this request to any contacts you may think would be helpful with this process.
Thank you for your time and support as we investigate all our options!
Link to our CHCMOW facilities, funds, and future survey:
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 supporter. More than 150 volunteers delivered more than 33,000 meals to 212 local citizens in 2013.
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: