Albuquerque, New Mexico
Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation founded in 1972 by a group of women from Presbyterian Churches around Albuquerque. We began with 20 clients and 40 volunteers. Today we serve approximately 500 clients and have over 400 volunteers. We delivered 9,400 meals in 1972. Today we are delivering over 135,000 meals a year. Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque provides nutritious meals and crucial social contact each day. Not only do we provide friendship and compassion but we also check the well being of those we serve.
Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque is the only home delivered meal program preparing special diets. We prepare these special diets for a variety of needs, including diabetes, renal failure, heart issues, chewing and swallowing problems, etc. We receive no federal or state funding.
Through grants, donations, and the support of the community, we started the Low Income Food & Enrichment Program (L.I.F.E.). This program is for those meeting the federal government's defined poverty level of $765/month or less and who require a special diet due to health issues.
Our program is currently the only one of its kind in the Albuquerque metro area. We provide our services to anyone of any age. There are no restrictions for age or disability. We currently have clients in their 20's to our oldest client who just celebrated her 109th birthday. We can provide meals for any duration whether they are needed during a period of recuperation or for many years.
Mary and Chuck Bejcek
"Meals on Wheels is wonderful and dependable"
Mary Bejcek is currently eighty six years young and originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Her husband, Chuck, worked as a weatherman for the military as civil service. They were stationed in Florida. Ready for a change, they made a few stops. Eventually Chuck began working for the Weather Service and Albuquerque became their home. Mary was a crossing guard for Albuquerque Public Schools. One of her great passions includes bowling on a league with Silva Lanes for 35 years.
Mary attended a Meals on Wheels information booth at Coronado Mall and began volunteering in 1982. Chuck jumped on board a few years later in 1985. After 32 years of dedication, delivering hot meals every Wednesday, and "enjoying a great group of friends" with other volunteers, Mary became homebound from a hip surgery. Needing to give Chuck some additional support, Mary and Chuck turned to Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque for help, like so many others. To avoid hiring a caregiver to cook, they now receive frozen meals weekly, "relieving the responsibility of cooking."
Mary misses going to her church with a plea for donations to feed someone yearly who cannot pay as well as a plea for volunteers. Her pleas have certainly recruited several new volunteers giving service to Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque. Finally, asking Mrs. Bejcek what she would like others to know about Meals on Wheels, her admirable and forever dedicated response was, "Meals on wheels is delivered daily hot or frozen and are a delicious and reasonable timesaver."
Phone Number for (505) 823-8065 Success Story Contact:
Nourishing bodies and spirits with balanced meals and friendship.