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We are dedicated to ensure our most vulnerable population isn’t going hungry. You can help us!
March is National Meals on Wheels Month and our goal is to educate others about the food insecurity issues that plague those 60 and over in our community. Food insecurity hit record numbers during the pandemic as we prepared, packaged, and delivered 1,000 meals a day to seniors in Peoria and Tazewell Counties.
While the daily meals allow for many seniors to remain independent, Meals on Wheels is so much more than just a meal delivery service. The daily social contact our clients receive is equally as important, as many seniors face isolation. The pandemic unfortunately has only increased this isolation for most of our clients. Many of whom say our delivery drivers are the only person they see during the day.
Our demand has increased 50% since March 2020 due to COVID. We were able to meet the demand until October 2020, when COVID relief funding ran out and it became necessary to implement a waiting list. As we move into 2021, food insecurity continues to be at record high levels both nationally and locally. However, this year’s funding is based off of pre-COVID levels but the current need continues to exceed those levels.
We have been forced to implement a waiting list that has grown to over 300 potential clients, reducing our daily meal deliveries to just 700. Without relief we will need to further reduce our meal deliveries.
We are passionate about the well-being of homebound senior citizens. With your support we will continue to ensure they retain the comfort that comes with that familiar knock at the door.
Meals on Wheels
Senior Citizen’s Meals for a Month…………… $110
Senior Citizen’s Meals for 6 Months…………. $650
Senior Citizen’s Meals for a Year………………. $1,300
Critters Meals on Wheels
Senior Citizen’s Pet for a Month………………. $42
Senior Citizen’s Pet for 6 Months…………….. $250
Senior Citizen’s Pet for a Year………………….. $500
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New Tutor Trainings
Neighborhood House is in need of tutors for reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. One-on-one, small group and whole class tutoring are available. We are hosting new tutor trainings on:
August 31st 10:00am – 12:00pm
Come join the fun with our youth services after school program. Participating children will receive a nutritional meal, snack, gym time, as well as homework and tutoring help.
Our program begins Monday, August 23, 2021
Due to the continued spread of COVID-19, our scheduled venue being closed, and the direct impact the local restaurant industry has faced, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Food Fight 2021 event. Our team is working diligently on alternative fundraising opportunities to ensure our community programs keep pace with the growing need, despite this loss of revenue. We want to thank all our local chefs for their continued support of Neighborhood House and look forward to seeing them back in 2022.
Our team is excited to participate in the 48th RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa), to help ensure those in need aren’t going hungry. This annual week-long event challenges cyclist to travel a 426-mile state-wide route across Iowa, with planned daily stops in various towns along the way.
RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest bicycle touring event in the world, bringing thousands of cycling enthusiasts together from across the nation and even around the world.
We have a small group of riders confirmed this year and with your support, each turn of the pedals will help provide meals for local seniors and families.
Not feeling up to the challenge of bicycling across Iowa? We understand and have sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Amanda Rassi 309-674-1131 ext. 246 or email email@example.com.
Thank you for your support of our team as they Pedal Wheels to Provide Meals.
As part of our mission we strive to provide a safe environment for our community. With the ever-changing situation and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Saddle Up fundraiser for 2021. Our team is working on virtual fundraising opportunities to help prevent the negative impact this loss of revenue will have on our services the community needs. Watch our Facebook page and website for ways you can continue to partner with us.
Winter Coat Giveaway
Each year we giveaway hundreds of new or gently used winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves to our community. We are currently accepting donations and will soon need volunteers for our Annual Winter Coat Drive.
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 – 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 21st, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Donations will be accepted at Neighborhood House, 1020 S. Matthew Street, until Wednesday, October 13th.
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Santa for Seniors
This annual tradition delivers over 1,400 gifts to homebound Senior Citizen’s in our Meals on Wheels Program. Volunteers will be needed to wrap, stuff gift bags and deliver these gifts.
November 22-24, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gift Bag Stuffing
Monday, November 29th, 2021 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 5th, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
We have adapted our Children’s Toy Shop into an Angel Tree for the kids within our youth program during COVID. We are in need of individuals, families or businesses to sponsor the children and families on our Angel Tree.
Angel Tree Gift Distribution
Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 – 6:30 a.m. – 5: 00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.