Message from Our Executive Director

Dear Volunteers, Donors and Friends of CHCMOW -

I want to start with a thank you for your volunteerism, outreach and donations as we navigate this current reality. Our goal has been to maintain delivery while keeping our recipients and volunteers safe. Our best option is to limit contact between volunteers, and between volunteers and recipients. On Friday, March 13, we delivered our last daily hot meal for the foreseeable future. We also delivered a meal box of five frozen meals to cover the next week. Thursday, March 19, we delivered a food box of five frozen meals, 5 shelf-stable meal boxes, and additional shelf-stable pantry items. Our recipients now have two weeks worth of food. We expect to resume weekly frozen meal delivery for the week of April 6.

There are a number of ways you can support Meals on Wheels during this time:

VOLUNTEER:

We have establish a volunteer phone brigade to call recipients each weekday when they would normally be receiving a meal. Volunteers will be supplied with a call sheet, basic script, and instructions on how to share information gathered with the office.

A call for volunteers will be sent when our next frozen meal delivery date is set. We are not accepting any baked goods at this time. We are grateful for our wonderful bakers and will be back in touch when we resume regular deliveries. 

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity (shelf-stable food sorter, set-up, delivery, phone-caller) and have not already done so, please contact Heather Harris, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteers@chcmow.org.

We understand that everyone has to make the best decisions for their own health and safety. Even if you volunteer and decide later that you are not comfortable or able, just let us know.

DONATE:

CHCMOW is collecting donations to help cover the additional costs associated with dealing with COVID-19. We have expended an unexpected $15,000 to cover just two weeks of operations since the start of the crisis. We expect expenses to only increase, as uncertainty lingers as to when the community will be able to resume business as usual. If you are able, please consider an additional gift to CHCMOW to help us maintain service during this time. Please donate by clicking here or by mailing a check to CHCMOW, PO Box 2102, Chapel Hill, NC 27515.

As of Monday, March 16, the Meals on Wheels office is closed to the public. The office will only be open for Staff as needed. We will reach out with specific date and times when volunteers will be needed. We will remain accessible through the contact form on this website, by email, or by phone at 919-942-2948. Any updates regarding delivery and volunteer needs will be communicated by email.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to add that CHCMOW is a community. One made up of volunteers, recipients, donors, friends, vendors, partners and staff, all of whom make what we do possible. In this time of uncertainty, we want you to know, we are here for you. If you need support - getting food, doing a necessary errand, or just in need of a friendly voice to say hi and chat, please let us know. You can reach us at rachel.bearman@chcmow.org or call 919-942-2948.

Together, we can deliver.

With appreciation -

Rachel