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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 200 potential clients. Without relief we will need to further reduce our meal deliveries. Moving 200 additional existing clients to our waiting list in order to maintain our program. Despite these mitigations, we are still projected to run out of money by the end of May 2021 for the Meals on Wheels program.
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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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 this year’s 48th RAGBRAI event, July 25-31, 2021 to help raise awareness and funds for our programs. Our team is monitoring the ever-changing situation with COVID-19 closely to ensure the safety of our participants.
We hope to see you for RAGBRAI 2021!
If you are interested in participating and Pedaling Wheels to Provide Meals, please contact Brent Oest at email@example.com .
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 2020. 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.
Save the Date — Saddle Up Friday, August 27, 2021
Santa for Seniors
This year Neighborhood House partnered with UFS once again for Santa for Seniors. Although the wrapping of presents looked a little different this year we were still able to deliver 1,500 gifts to home bound senior citizens. Thank you to all our volunteers and UFS for making this possible. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you for your support!
This year we were saddened to not be able to collect toy donations for our annual Children’s Toy Shop. However, we remain dedicated to our area youth. We were able to adapt our Children’s Toy Shop into an Angel Tree for approximately 320 children currently within our meal delivery program. Thank you to all the local families, businesses and organizations that adopted these children. You helped us spread so much joy this holiday season!