Charity Group Delivers One Million Meals
From Staff And Wire Reports
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
RALEIGH - A local charity group that provides meals for seniors in the area has recently announced a huge milestone.
The Food Runners Collaborative, Inc, says it is pleased to announce that it shipped its one-millionth hot senior meal to its senior meal clients in the Triangle Region the week of February 19, 2007.
Food Runners Collaborative, Inc is a non-profit joint venture of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Meals on Wheels of Wake County.
"From a modest start...we have strived to provide nutritious meals to six senior programs in Wake, Durham, Johnston, and Nash Counties," said Bob Lindsey, the executive director of Food Runners.
Starting from their first meal in 2005 for Meals on Wheels of Wake County, Food Runners ships almost 2300 hot noon meals to senior programs each day for either home delivery by volunteers or service in congregate settings at various senior centers.
"Through its senior meal client programs, Food Runners meals allow people to stay in their homes with healthful independence and they receive nutritious meals that are an alternative to a sandwich, cereal, or nothing," says FoodRunners in a released statement.
According to the group, the social interaction with the delivery volunteer may be the only human contact the senior client has on that day.
FoodRunners works with both Meals on Wheels of Wake County and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to both secure food that would normally go to waste and to help get that food to seniors.
The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle safely recovers food that is too perishable to bank and distributes that food immediately to over 200 agencies and programs in the Triangle region. Last year, over 5 million pounds of food were distributed to those in need, says the group.
Meals on Wheels of Wake County then delivers the meals to the frail homebound elderly and people with disabilities in Wake County at lunchtime Monday through Friday.
According to the group, nutritious lunches, educational opportunities, and social activities are provided for people 60 and over in 8 congregate nutrition sites throughout the county..
The Food Runners operating facility is located at 1001 Blair Drive in Raleigh, NC. For more information, you can visit their website at www.foodrunnersnc.org or call (919) 856-1823 ::