Friday Success Story: Meals on Wheels of Hancock County

“Hope”, an elderly Greenfield resident, lived alone. Both her daughters lived out of the area and were concerned about how often and what their mother was eating. They were familiar with Meals on Wheels of Hancock County because the family had previously used their services for their grandfather. They contacted the agency in July 2008 and arranged for their mother to receive home delivered meals.

Although Hope tended to be a picky eater, she liked the affordable ($7.50 per day with financial assistance available for those who qualify), hand-packed meals prepared according to her doctor’s dietary recommendations and her personal preferences. A friendly volunteer driver arrived around the noon hour Monday through Friday with two meals – a hot lunch with entrée, vegetable, roll, salad, dessert and beverage and a cold deli-style meal that she could put in her fridge for supper.

Hope was also fairly reclusive. She didn’t know her neighbors and often wouldn’t answer the phone. Besides knowing their mother was getting adequate nutrition, it was a relief to her daughters to know the meal delivery volunteers were providing a personal contact and checking on her welfare every day. Hope remained on the program for five years before ultimately moving in with one of her daughters.

Note: United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) helps people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives. This mission includes support of 92 human service agencies whose programs contribute to one or more of UWCI’s four priorities of Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs. Meals on Wheels of Hancock County, Inc. is a United Way funded organization providing daily home-delivery of nutritious meals to older adults, disabled individuals and other homebound residents of Hancock County. The agency’s services align with UWCI’s Health priority.

Since 2004, UWCI has invested over $246,000 in support of Meals on Wheels of Hancock County’s mission to help homebound Hancock County residents maintain their independence as long as possible. The agency’s current Community Fund allocation is $14,791.