Alamance County Meals on Wheels broke ground this week for an addition to their current facility in the Community Building of First Presbyterian Church in Burlington. The new addition will provide adequate space for staff offices and files, a food pantry, a volunteer training room, and a larger kitchen with commercial appliances.
Alamance County Meals on Wheels was formed on May 20, 1973, when the agency only served a few clients. Today it serves over 100,000 meals a year to homebound seniors in the community. The agency has twenty-six routes delivered by volunteers, covering the entire county. The goal is to have the renovation completed by the agency’s Fiftieth Anniversary in May 2023.
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Meals on Wheels has grown by 80% since 2016, and continues to grow, now serving over 500 clients each week. Aside from delivering meals the agency also provides clients with shelf stable food, pet food, birthday gifts, fresh produce, and household essentials. Providing these additional essentials helps clients maintain independence in their homes. Volunteers not only deliver the meals, but in many cases are the only visitors clients see on a regular basis. In the next two decades, the 65+ population is projected to increase over 50%.
The agency is raising funds to pay for this addition, and has raised almost half of the funds needed to support this project. Those interested can contribute to the building effort by visiting www.alamancemow.org and clicking on the Capital Campaign link or by mailing contributions to: Meals on Wheels, 411 W. 5th Street, Suite A, Burlington, NC 27215.