Welcome to Meals on Wheels of Chapel Hill-Carrboro
The first annual “Dining for Dollars” hosted by Hickory Tavern and benefiting Chapel Hill – Carrboro Meals on Wheels was a resounding success. A special thanks goes to our host, Hickory Tavern and to our sponsors Performance Subaru, FoodLogiQ and Silverback Asset Management. We also extend sincere gratitude to our partners, K&W Cafeterias, Chapel Hill Realty Group, Coleman Huntoon & Brown, Vitali Agency/Nationwide, Village Building Company and Lynne Zimmerman, Eco Site Solutions, Always Best Care Senior Services, Harris Beverages, Seagroves Agency/Nationwide, and Signs Now. Another round of applause goes to all the donors of silent auction items, Hickory Tavern diners and bidders. Because of your generosity, this event raised funds for 6,000 meals for the elderly and disabled living in our community. Thank you all so much.
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: