On January 15th, Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta Falcon's players Joe Hawley and Lamar Holmes and local elementary students participated in the delivery of Meals On Wheels Atlanta's 3.4 millionth meal for our organization’s 50th anniversary kick-off celebration.
Milestone meals, flowers and balloons were delivered to Meals On Wheels Atlanta clients, Mother Hughes, who is over 100 years old, and Ms. Precious Boyer.
Mayor Kasim Reed said, "This is important because it really represents the volunteer spirit and Meals on Wheels doesn't work without volunteers. This is not just a food service, but a service that lets people like Ms. Boyer know they are never, ever forgotten."
"In 50 years, we've been able to accomplish so much," said, Jeff Smythe, executive director - Meals On Wheels Atlanta. "When the meal delivery program began, we delivered 75 meals a year. Now, we deliver more than 130,000 nourishing meals annually to frail or homebound seniors in Atlanta."
Originally founded as Senior Citizen Services, our organization has grown from simply delivering meals to managing seven senior centers, an adult day care center for those with dementia and Alzheimer's and completing more than 1,200 home repairs annually to keep seniors living independently for as long as possible.
Smythe said, "We currently have 307 seniors on the waiting list to receive meals, and another 314 on the home repairs waiting list. Now, these don't seem like daunting numbers, but it takes resources - both financial and human - to keep our program moving forward. Participation from donors and supporters as well as volunteers is critical to our continued success."
Atlanta Falcons players Lamar Holmes and Joe Hawley