Letter to the editor: Thankful for Meals on Wheels support
Last month, Norwin Area Meals On Wheels celebrated its 20th anniversary of serving hot, nutritious, daily meals to those in need of them ( “Norwin Area Meals on Wheels — 20 years and counting,” Oct. 30, TribLIVE). We received a generous response from individuals, the business and professional community, and community organizations such as Rotary Clubs and Lions Clubs during our capital campaign. We would like to thank everyone who contributed.
Our goal was to raise sufficient funds to maintain the cost of a meal to our recipients at its current $5 level for as long as possible. Thanks to the funds generated, we should be able to hold the cost at $5 for at least another few years, despite rising expenses. And, speaking of donations, we can always use them (our capital campaign will continue through the end of the year). Contrary to popular belief, we receive no funding whatsoever. We rely solely on meal payments by recipients, donations and fundraisers.
We would also like to thank our dedicated volunteers who cook, drive, deliver, work in the office, etc. Without their service, there would be no Meals on Wheels. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Even though we are blessed with an adequate number of volunteers currently, we can always use more. So, if you have the time, we have something for you to do.
And, finally, we would like to thank the Trib and Joe Napsha for their coverage of our anniversary happenings. We received great feedback on the articles.
The writer is vice president of the Norwin Area Meals on Wheels board of directors.