After a successful pilot program, Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County has officially launched a new frozen breakfast option for its clients, furthering the organization’s mission of enhancing the quality of life of homebound individuals and seniors in Hamilton County by providing nutritious meals, personal interactions, and independence.
Beth Gehlhausen, Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County Executive Director, notes the response to the breakfast option has been overwhelmingly positive. During the pilot program, a $2,800 grant from Duke Energy made breakfast meals possible five days a week for eight weeks for 12 clients.
The frozen breakfasts are delivered Friday mornings
By introducing the frozen breakfast option to their meal offerings, Meals on Wheels has seen their monthly orders increase from an average of 634 meals monthly to 1,700 meals last month.
The frozen meals are delivered to clients on Friday mornings by one of 495 volunteers. Gehlhausen, Janet Richardson, Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County Client Services Coordinator, volunteer Melody Heer, and Trio Community Meals driver Eric Erby, have the delivery process down to a science. Together, the team of four organizes the hundreds of meals by customer and delivery route. Once all meals are checked in and accounted for, nine volunteer drivers line up their vehicles, ready to receive meals and begin their weekly delivery route.
“Duke Energy was proud to support Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County through their pilot process,” said Duke Energy Community Relations Liaison Dagny Zupin. “This option is another great way for Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County to continue feeding their clients who may be struggling with health and mobility barriers.”
About Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County
Established in 1975, Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County enhances the quality of life of homebound individuals and seniors in Hamilton County by providing nutritious meals, personal interactions and independence. Meals are prepared in state-approved healthcare facilities and designed by a certified registered dietitian under a physician’s prescribed supervision according to the client’s specific dietary needs. Over 200 meals are delivered daily by volunteers to enable our clients to remain independently living within the community in their own homes for as long as possible. For more information on receiving services or to volunteer, contact Meals on Wheels at 317-776-7159.
About Duke Energy Indiana
Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,300 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 870,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electric supplier.