Did you know that there are more people over the age of 60 in Frederick County Maryland than there are children enrolled in our public schools? The number of elderly persons will continue to grow as the Baby Boomers age—resulting in a greater need for more services.
The Frederick County Maryland Department of Aging's Meals on Wheels program is one such service. Two meals, one hot, and one cold for consumption later, are delivered at noon each day to eligible participants throughout Frederick County.
Providing a meal for an elderly person is a tangible service provided by Meals on Wheels, however, there are also several important intangible services that this program provides:
However, like any organization relying on government and public support to exist and grow, our Department of Aging's Meals on Wheels program can only provide as much as current local, state and federal funding allows. With a growing elderly population, more community support will be needed to continue this extraordinary service.
Friends of Meals on Wheels of Frederick County is a non-profit organization formed in 2009 whose mission is to support the Frederick County Maryland Meals on Wheels program through advocacy, community public relations, and fundraising, in order to achieve its goal of ensuring that no senior or disabled adult goes hungry. We want to make sure that the Meals on Wheels program can continue to expand and improve as the Frederick County elderly population increases.
Currently, it costs Frederick County's Meals on Wheels program $2400.00 a year to provide meals to one individual. That’s just over $250.00 a month, or just over $62.00 a week, or about $10.00 a day. If you would eliminate just one fancy coffee a week and donate that money to Friends of Meals on Wheels, not only will you lose weight, but you will provide a meal for an individual for a day!
Please join us—become a member of our organization by making a $10.00 donation to help feed those in need in our community. Make your check payable to Friends of Meals on Wheels of Frederick County and send it to Friends of Meals on Wheels of Frederick County, 1440 Taney Ave., Frederick, MD 21702. We are also looking for volunteers to help us as we raise funds to support our mission. Please contact Gail Wingate for more information at 240-446-6402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.