Rapid City, South Dakota
The entire community is relied upon to keep this project and service going. From donors to volunteers, to families and friends who refer their loved ones, to the nutritionist and food preparers that ensure healthy meals are being made, Meals on Wheels touches every aspect of the community at large. It is a major undertaking making sure the important seniors in our neighborhoods are being well cared for and delivering hot meals to over 500 individuals in Rapid City alone takes a fleet of people every day. We are fortunate to partner with several area businesses and organizations that provide countless hours of volunteer time as well financial support, but coordinating volunteers five days a week to cover 22 routes requires a roster of often over 100 people to get the job done. As stated before, the need grows daily and the increase in routes and deliveries is ever expanding. It truly takes a village.
Meals on Wheels Western South Dakota, with the support of participants, donors, and volunteers, prevents hunger among seasoned adults throughout 45 West River communities. The goal of the Meals on Wheels' programs is to provide hot and nutritious meals, friendly visits and social connections, and in home safety check to seniors which aims to keep them independent in their own homes. Without adequate food and nutrition services, older adults risk losing their independence. Sadly, an increasing number low-income seniors are having to choose between food, rent or medications. The program is growing, serving nearly 1200 meals daily. All meals are on a donation basis regardless of income no one is turned away. You can make a difference by donating today to help cover the cost of a meal for your senior neighbors.
"it's important," shares Flo. "My eating habits weren't right, I was eating a lot of snack food. Being on the program has helped me feel better."
"It's so good I could write a book about it". Shares a new participant Maria.
Diane at 69 years old, has Parkinson's disease, which makes her whole body shake. Cooking for herself has become nearly impossible. Because of YOU Diane can receive daily nutritious meals and she can continue living in her own home.
On August 22, 2016 volunteers Cliff and Kathleen found that Susan had fallen and was unable to reach the phone for help. The volunteers called 911 and stayed with her until help arrived. Today she is at home and healthy YOU made this possible.
Phyllis, still raising her handicapped son on an income will below the poverty line, saves her change all month so she has something to donate. Making her donation is important to her.
"I love listening to stories of their lives. Always interesting and entertaining! If they are not home on my delivery day, I miss and worry about them. They are family". Volunteer driver Tony.
Our mission is to promote the well-being of senior citizens through nutritious meals, nutrition education, socialization and other supportive services.