Contribute to Meals On Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties Campaign to expand their ability to serve local seniors.
This winter, many seniors around our area will rely on Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties to deliver not only hot meals but also support and connection. MOWJEC’s expansion has led them to plan how they can grow and change with the needs of our area.
The Building with Love campaign aims to build on decades of success delivering hot meals to seniors in need (and their pets through the fantastic AniMeals program). MOWJEC’s growth needs help from anyone who can contribute.
“MEALS ON WHEELS CAN SERVE A SENIOR FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR FOR THE SAME COST AS JUST ONE DAY IN A HOSPITAL OR 10 DAYS IN A NURSING HOME.
MOWJEC is now moving into phase two of their Building with Love campaign to build a SimpleCook™ Kitchen in Ellis County. This new facility will greatly improve the access and opportunity to serve more people every day. In partnership with GA Foods, this facility will provide a “fresh-from-the-oven taste, using a sensory analysis technique allowing meals to have maximum flavor, presentation, and satisfaction.”
Bringing tastier meals and making the delivery and pickup more efficient will improve the lives of clients in the 1700 square mile service delivery area when both the Johnson and Ellis Counties’ facilities are open.
40% of Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties clients are 80 years or older and many say their overall health is improved by receiving a hot meal every day. (Statistics courtesy of Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties.)
Over the next 15 years, the number of Texans aged 65 and older will rise 67%, according to MOWJEC. Their forward-thinking and innovative expansion will ensure that generations to come will not have to live in fear of being hungry or unable to stay in their homes. Creating pathways for seniors to stay in their homes saves billions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid costs every year and on an individual level, allows them to maintain independence and dignity as they age. MOWJEC findings show that over 1 million elderly Texans live alone, and 17% of elderly Texans face food insecurity. This a problem that every resident in our area can help eradicate.
Whether you can offer a cash donation, pick up a shift delivering meals, or share a Facebook post with your circle, you are making an impact in the Building with Love project. Every gesture has an impact. Donate today at www.mowjec.org.